Holiday Self-Care: 31 Days of Self-Care

They say, “It is the happiest time of the year”. This, of course, depending on what you plan to do and who you plan on spending it with. In as much as this is the time you have been looking forward to all year long, it comes with its share of stress; the shopping, decorating, cooking, without forgetting visits from certain family members (you know the ones I’m talking about).

It is also a time of the year where you reflect upon how productive (or not) your year has been, and maybe come up with New Year resolutions. If this isn’t enough, you still have to put on a smile and act like everything is all milk and cookies, well, because it’s the Holidays!

To stay sane and ensure that you are genuinely happy and really enjoying this special time of the year, you are going to need to show yourself some love.

Ahead are 31 holiday self-care ideas (one to represent each day) to ensure that you remain your best self, and most importantly have a damn good time;

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Side note: The activities do not have to be done on specific days. The idea is to practice them throughout the holiday season, every chance you get.

31 Days of Self-care

Day #1

Make a holiday playlist

Music has a way of brightening up your mood and making you feel like you are on top of the world. Make a playlist comprising of your favorite songs or ones that bring out your holiday spirit. Listen to it every day, and most importantly, sing and dance like no one is watching.

Day #2

De-clutter your space

De-cluttering will not only save you time and space, but it has also been linked to stress reduction and improvement of your overall well-being. Having a clearer and organized space will lead to clarity and peace of mind, allowing you to focus and concentrate on things that matter and or ones that are really important to you.

Day #3

Unplug

As you get rid of your physical clutter, also remember to unplug and reduce digital clutter once in a while by seeing the world through your eyes and not through screens. Use this time to do something useful away from the internet and also pay attention to other people and happenings around you.

Day #4

Spend time with people whose company you enjoy

Make an effort of spending time with the people you care about. This will not only boost your mood but it will also nurture your relationships, leading to stronger bonds. Spending physical time with people is also an opportunity to make new memories through fun shared experience.

Day #5

Mindfulness: Be present

To raise self-awareness, make the practice of mindful exercises a part of your routine. Being present in the moment helps you reduce stress, and also puts you in a better position to understand, cope and deal with your emotions in a healthy way.

Day #6

Create a vision board

A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams and aspirations through pictures and words of affirmation. Their main purpose is to serve as a source of motivation and inspiration towards the conscious pursuit, and eventually achievement of your goals.

Day #7

Shop early

The plan is to reduce stress as much as you can. Make a budget, write a shopping list and start your shopping early to avoid last minute rush. This will give you enough time to shop around to get the most value out of your money, because you will get the exact things that you need without having to scramble for the last item in the store.

Day #8

Spend wisely

Stick to your budget and avoid impulse buying. You might feel like you are missing out on some holiday deals, but remember that the holidays goes by so fast, and you will eventually have to be accountable for your spending, sooner rather than later. You do not want to start the New Year in debt. A good idea may be to budget for the extras as well in #7. This way, you will have room to splurge, within your means.

Day #9

Get enough sleep

I do not play when it comes to sleep. Some days I take this too far, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that a good nap is highly recommended. Enough sleep improves your productivity and enhances concentration. If you are working out, sleep will not only maximize your performance but it also supports weight loss.

Day #10

Watch your favorite holiday movie

Get into the holiday spirit by watching your favorite holiday movie, and believe in the magic that comes with this time of the year.

Day #11

Drop a toxic habit

Get rid of a toxic habit/trait that is hindering your utmost productivity. The habit does not have to be something that you do physically or verbally, it may even be a particular mindset or a certain belief system. Strive to be the best version of yourself by being open to positive change.

Day #12

Meditate

Meditation increases your focus and brings your concentration to the present moment. This reduces stress, allowing you to make better decisions and do the things that are important to you and ones that align with your dreams and passions.

Day #13

Something new

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Do something you’ve never done before, learn a new skill or try a new genre of music/books. Who knows, you might end up loving it and making a tradition out of it.

Day #14

Spend time outdoors

Take a walk or sit under the stars. Let your mind wander while you are at it. You can do this activity with someone or by yourself. Either way, the point is to enjoy the ambiance and attune with nature.

Day #15

Journal: Write your heart away

Journaling will help you keep track of your thoughts and emotions. This not only leads to self-discovery but it also improves your communication skills thus allowing you to be able to express yourself confidently.

Related: 50 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery and Reflection

Day #16

Buy yourself some flowers

Do not wait for someone else to buy you flowers. Personally I am really invested in flowers; for one, because I just love decorating my space with flowers, and also because I use them for certain flat lays (they make everything beautiful). However, the latter use came as a result of the first one. Additionally, studies have linked the presence of flowers to stress reduction, so why not make that bouquet order a thing?

Day #17

Let go

Letting go is a way of getting rid of emotional clutter. Let go of emotional baggage, forgive yourself and others where need be, and instead take your experiences and mistakes as lessons. You will feel so much lighter after this, and you will be able to see things from a different and clearer perspective.

Day #18

Care for your body

Self-care is about showing yourself love. Take care of your body and physical health by eating healthy, stick to a workout/ yoga routine, care for your skin, and just do activities that make you a better you. And remember that beauty starts from the inside.

Day #19

Enjoy some “me” time

Invest and delight in your time in solitude. Spending time alone leads to self-awareness like you have never imagined, enabling you to know what you want, and equipping you with creativity on how to chase your goals head on. Learning to make major life decisions without outside influences is also an upside to ‘me time’.

Day #20

Get yourself a gift

When you celebrate a life achievement or anniversary, people shower you with gifts. In fact, you expect them to gift you. But what about those personal achievements and milestones that no one else, other than you, is aware of? If you work hard, you should definitely reward yourself. The gift will act as a reminder that you are independent, worthy and deserving of good things.

Day #21

Work on your goals

Yes, it is the holidays, but if you still haven’t achieved some of your goals, you got work to do. There is always something you can do, no matter how small, that will contribute towards achieving your goals. You can also take these 31 days to tick something off your bucket list.

Day #22

Perform a random act of kindness

Studies have proven that doing random acts of kindness is not only beneficial to the recipient, but also to the giver. Try this and it will leave you feeling happier, calmer and full of love.

Day #23

Say No

Life is about ‘scratch my back, I scratch yours’. However, it is easy to get caught up in helping or doing things for other people so much that you end up forgetting about yourself. Say no to people so that you can say yes to yourself. This act of confidence enables you to earn the respect you deserve from yourself and others, by taking control of your life.

Day #24

Re-create a holiday tradition

Pay a tribute to your inner child by bringing back something you used to do as a kid. This year do more than just going through your old holiday photos, and add another goofy picture to your collection.

Day #25

Eat like your life depends on it

If you have been limiting your servings, for one reason or the other, take this as the cheat day of the year. Indulge your sweet tooth, eat your favorite meals, and for God’s sake do not count the calories.

Day #26

Talk to someone

It is important to find someone you trust, with whom to have a heart to heart. There is power in deep conversation; sometimes you’ve got 99 problems, and a good talk with a trusted companion solves about 90 of them.

Day #27

Do a DIY project

You can kill two birds with one stone by creating a vision/mood board. My favorite DIY projects are home décor and jewelry. I find DIY projects quite invaluable, especially during the holidays because you not only save money (they make perfect customized gifts) but you can also make money out of them.

Day #28

Laugh

The old adage “laughter is the best medicine” may be dismissed as a cliché. While it may not cure your physical illnesses, it works wonders for your mental health. So, reach out for your favorite sitcom (I’m tempted to recommend Friends) and crack a rib or two.

Day #29

Have a lazy Sunday

“I want to be with someone who dreams of doing everything in life, and nothing on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

-Atticus

Be that person for yourself. After a long week of hard work, take a Sunday off; call it Self-Care Sunday, and just sit on your bed, pull up a blankie, watch a movie/ listen to music while you sip a cup of your favorite hot drink.

Day #30

Treat yourself to a spa day

You have probably come across those quotes that say “Self-care is not always about bubble baths, manicures and all other luxurious treats…” well, occasionally, it is about these things. With an at-home spa day, you go all in (because you can afford the whole package); do a facial, treat yourself to a mani-pedi, and take that bubble bath too.

Day 31#

Be grateful

Last, but certainly not least, remember to say thank you. Be grateful for the year, for how far you have come, for the lessons, and for anything else that happened this year. If you’ve had a tough year, I am sorry, but look deeper, for the positive side of it all, and resolve to kick ass in the New Year.

I hope that these self-care ideas bring fun, meaning, content and gratitude to your overall holiday experience. Until next time, it is Happy Holidays from House of Kesar!

…xoxo

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53 Responses

    • Marion

      I am glad you think so 😊… Thank you for stopping by, and happy holidays to you dear!

  1. Emily

    This is such a great idea for the holidays! I know we all get so stressed out and forget about ourselves and our self-care, so thank you for reminding us of some great ideas to take the time for ourselves! So many good ideas! Thank you for the great post!!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    • Marion

      Thank you as well for clicking through. I am glad you found this post helpful, enjoy your holidays😊

  2. Beau Starseed

    I love that you remind us all to look after ourselves as well as giving energy to our loved ones, very important! Excellently written ^-^

  3. Charlotte Coles

    I love this post! It’s so important to take care of yourself any time of year, but particularly around Christmas with the weather getting colder and the weeks getting busier.

    – Charlotte / charlottesspaceonline.blogspot.com

  4. Lia

    Great suggestions. I love having something to focus on this time of the year especially when bringing in a new year! Thank you for this well thought post!

  5. Shenelle

    A really helpful guide to making the most and enjoying this time of year, thank you.

  6. Savannah

    Great post with wonderful advice! The holidays can be stressful, so these are especially helpful. Thank you for sharing!

    • Marion

      I am glad you found this helpful. Thank you as well for stopping by. Enjoy your holidays Savannah.

    • Marion

      Great stuff! I hope it turns out exactly like you picture it. Thank you for stopping by and happy holidays!

    • Marion

      I am glad that you will implement these, as will I. Thank you for clicking through, and have yourself a happy holiday season.😊

    • Marion

      Niice😀… Get on with that and have yourself a productive holiday season. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Marion

      I’m glad you found this useful. Thank you for reading, and have a great holiday season.

  7. Kennedy

    I love these tips! Self-care is so important during this time of year. I’m going to be focusing on unplugging and being more present around my friends and family. Happy Holidays!

    • Marion

      Great! I tried unplugging from time to time, and if I’m being honest I saw the world differently. Face to face interactions offer more connection. Thank you for stopping by. Happy holidays!

  8. Becky

    I absolutely love this list. Especially the point about mindfulness and being present! So needed at this time of year.

    • Marion

      I am glad you do. Mindfulness is often overlooked, but it’s quite important. Thank you for giving this your time.

  9. Teresa

    These are all really good tips! What makes this list more useful than most is the fact that these are all small, doable things.

    • Marion

      I am glad that that objective has been achieved. Self-care shouldn’t be complicated at all. Thank you for clicking through. I hope you’re enjoying your time this season!

  10. Natonya

    Marion these are excellent ways to take care of yourself and stay upbeat during the holidays. Personally, saying ‘no’ is one that I just mastered and it feels really good to stand up for myself and not do more than I can handle❤️

    Natonya | https://JustNatonya.wordpress.com

    • Marion

      I gotta say, that one is one of the hardest, yet the most rewarding. Thank you for clicking through. Happy holidays to you Natonya!

  11. Bri

    I absolutely love this list!
    This time of year the cold dreary weather usually gets me down in the dumps despite the holiday season in the air. I’m saving this list to help out on days when the winter weather is just too much for my spirits.
    Thanks so much for the amazing ideas!!

    • Marion

      Thank you for the read… I am glad to add this one to your holiday season archives. I hope you make the most out of this season, despite the cold 😀

  12. Britt

    It gets so incredible busy during the holiday season that it’s not surprising that people often forget all about the importance of self care. Thank you for the timely reminder!

    • Marion

      I am glad it got to you in time, thank you so for taking the time to read. Happy holidays Britt!

  13. Deandra

    These are amazing! I need to get into these. I don’t do self care enough…barely at all, so doing some form of self care daily is needed. Thanks for this.

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