My Self-Care Practice for this Holiday Season

To avoid going cray-cray this holiday season, I’m sharing how I plan to take care of my creative health and stay balanced with a simple self-care practice.

 

Self-care is a big deal nowadays. For me, though, it’s more than just a fad. There are days when I feel as if I’m running on fumes. Honestly, I don’t know how I haven’t collapsed by now (knock on wood). So, since I want to prevent my body from breaking down like a car in the middle of a busy highway, I’m making self-care a priority once more.

And what better time to get cracking than this holiday season. That’s why I’ve come up with a simple self-care practice to help me protect my creative health and stay balanced during this season… and beyond.

My Self-Care Practice for this Holiday Season

Get Enough Sleep

Oh boy. I won’t even tell you how many hours of sleep I’ve been getting on average. Hopefully, my doctor will never lay eyes on this post.

My ambitious plan is to get a minimum of seven hours sleep each night. I’m even going to set an alarm to remind me. The song is ‘Stayin’ Alive’. Yes, it’s deliberate.

Meditate

My meditation practice has been like an on-again-off-again lover. This time, I plan on making it more of a commitment. So I’ll be using a couple of guided meditation videos that I love. They get me right in the zone. Thing is, though, I have to do my practice while standing. Sorry to all you gurus, but sitting meditation doesn’t work for me.

Drink Lemon Water Daily

I’ve been good at this for well over a year, so, yay me! I never have breakfast before drinking lemon (or lime) water, or just plain water, when either isn’t available. It feels like I’m giving my insides a bath.

To avoid going cray-cray this holiday season, I'm sharing how I plan to take care of my creative health and stay balanced with a simple self-care practice.

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Pamper My Skin with Natural Products

When I left my locs on the floor of my barber’s shop in December last year, I switched to natural, sulphate-free hair products. It was one of the best decisions I made for my 4C hair. Soon after, I followed up with natural skin products. Great!

What hasn’t been great is that I haven’t been consistent with moisturising my skin at night. After I close off for the night, the only thing I want to do is fall into the bed and not move until morning. So, going forward, when I hear that alarm, alerting me to retire earlier, it will also be a reminder to smooth on Sharon Feanny’s Moringa Beauty Cream with Rose, Lavender, and Geranium.

I’ve also been enjoying Pet and Pamper’s Dry Facial Mask, which I received in my first book subscription box from Read Dis Instead. This clay mask is just what my oily skin needs.

To avoid going cray-cray this holiday season, I'm sharing how I plan to take care of my creative health and stay balanced with a simple self-care practice.

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Have Fun with Art Journaling

Lately, I’ve been remembering that I used to draw when I was a little girl. For the life of me, though, I can’t remember when or why I stopped it. Maybe that’s something I need to explore.

Anyway, with the rush of these memories has come a renewed interest in art as a creative outlet, specifically art journaling. I have no ambitions to do anything as fancy and intricate as the artwork I’ve seen in some journals. I’m simply embarking on another creative adventure and seeing where it will take me.

To avoid going cray-cray this holiday season, I'm sharing how I plan to take care of my creative health and stay balanced with a simple self-care practice.

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Unplug for an Hour Daily

The online world is like crack. Everywhere I go, people are glued to their devices, sucking up the lines that the internet or social media is feeding them. I’ve been there.

Now, my plan is to stay offline for at least one hour daily, once I’m not working or blogging. I’ll use that time to read, play with my dogs, spend time outdoors, listen to music, take a nap, catch up with a friend, or do a puzzle, among other disconnected activities.

Declutter

Decluttering is a regular activity for me, but with 2018 looming closer and closer, I know that I’ll still find a few items to either donate or discard. In tandem with the physical act is the equally vital task of clearing out old habits, mindsets, and anything else in my psyche that no longer serves my best interests. This activity is one in which I’ll invest the time to get my inner home in order.

 

 

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Do you have a self-care practice for this holiday season? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Leslie
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Thank you for the self-care message, today – I need it. I don’t have a self-care practice for the holiday season, but this year I’ve been thinking about patterns of family dynamics that happen every year around the holidays, and elements that I don’t look forward to. Mind you, my family members are good-natured and generous but many of them seem to thrive on “high-octane” levels of hecticness (is that a word?) that I want to participate in less and less. So I’ve decided to ask myself: what do I want to share with my family this season (that aren’t… Read more »
Nadine
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Nadine

I’m glad you shared this, Leslie. You’ve given me something to think about as I renew my self-care practice. Your contemplation has highlighted the breadth of self-care. Our relationships, as one aspect of it, can either build or break us. I like that you’re being intentional about what will help you to grow. And yes, ‘hecticness’ is a word. 😀

Charlotte Dugas
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Charlotte Dugas

I have a 7 hour minimum sleep requirement too! Since I get up at 4:45 it means getting in bed by 8:45, so I have a reminder set on my Fitbit for 8:15 to start winding down.

Nadine
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Nadine

Loving the synchronicity and confirmation that I’m on the right track. Thanks for sharing, Charlie.