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3 Essential Holiday Self-Care Tips

Looking for run-of-the-mill ‘ how to  take care of yourself this Christmas’ advice? Look again…

Let’s take a look at 3 essential holiday self-care tips that think slightly outside of the box. They’re not necessarily ground breaking pieces of advice guaranteed to change your world, but they always make this time of year extra special to me.

Considering my last couple of posts have been slightly south of ‘cheerful’, an homage to the younger part of my soul that revels in this time of year was in order. Paradoxically, the older I get, the more I genuinely enjoy these December days.

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3 Essential Holiday Self-Care Tips

Bask In The Glow Of Artificial Light – Here is where your Fibromyalgia induced insomnia can work to your advantage. When you can’t sleep, but everyone else in the house is down & out with visions of sugar plums discoing in their heads, sit in the dark with only the lights of the tree on. Appreciate the multi-colored patterns they throw onto the wall. Be intentionally peaceful, and let your mind dwell on Christmas moments of the past where you felt truly happy and/or content.

Delight In A Night Of ‘Guilt-Free’ Culinary Hedonism – Right. It goes without saying that if you have a legitimate dietary restriction ect., that this one is not for you. But, if like me, you are always mindful of what you eat and always watching the numbers on the scale, consider this: partaking in one night where you pig out on whatever it is you like to eat the best, and doing so without a thought of remorse. For instance, I have a tradition. Every year on the night I decorate my tree, I get McDonald’s for dinner. On this wondrous night I will; eat a Big Mac with unabashed abandon, plow through mounds of Chicken McNuggets drenched in layers of sweet & sour sauce and hot mustard faster than a moth through a mitten, devour bbq dipped french fries mindlessly devoid of all reason or good sense, and swig an enormous car battery cleaning/acid dissolving/sugar laden Coca Cola with joy & rapturous gratification! (of course, that’s just me…Hey! Don’t judge me man…)

Pull Up A Pleasure From The Past – Think back to childhood. Find something you deeply loved about this time of year. It could be a walk through the snow, a specific cookie that was only baked in the month of December, the sound of the miniature electric train that clickety-clacked on tracks around the tree, ect. Whatever it was, re-create it for yourself in the present. Indulge that younger part of you a little…permission granted to dote on your fond little sweet memories for a bit~

3 Essential Holiday Self-Care Tips

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Share what YOUR plans are for a little ‘self-indulgent’ self-care in the comment section below! I would ♥ to know!!

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    Jen
    December 8 at 11:39 am

    With 4 kids and crazy schedules, if there is a day or night that we don’t have anything going on, I make sure to turn on the christmas tree, light the candles and just relax!
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      kristine
      December 8 at 7:03 pm

      Cool Jen! I hope you get the time. It truly is one of my FAVORITE things to do around Christmas! ♥

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    Cat aka TimeyWimeyGirl7
    December 8 at 11:46 am

    Pecan pie and sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows on it. I limit the size though because I am borderline diabetic and have to be careful. But I just can’t resist at least a taste. Not to mention singing Christmas carols as loud as I want 😉

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      kristine
      December 8 at 7:02 pm

      HAHA! Awesome Cat! Oh yeah, those pecan pies are sweet as all get out!! But SOOOOO delicious!! Have a wonderful one!

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    Nikki
    January 2 at 10:58 am

    Kristine, this is great advice. We didn’t put up all our Christmas decor this season, too short on time. But we did pull out what means most to us and really enjoyed it. The lights on the tree give me peace and I definitely sat in the dark and soaked it all in. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xx
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      kristine
      January 2 at 7:00 pm

      That’s awsome Nikki! Yes, ours was quiet & peaceful, very enjoyable ♥

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