Inspired by My Style Vita, I thought I would make a self-care checklist for myself and share it here! It can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed with the holidays. This way, I can be prepared for taking care of myself and enjoy this season as much as possible.
I made a printable for writing down all the self-care things you want to do, while I expand below on what I’ll be doing. You can download the printable here: December Self-Care Printable
For emotional health, I consider anxiety, stress and happiness levels. Do I have enough “off” days to recover from all the social events I want to go to? Do I have enough time to spend quality time with friends and family instead of being stressed about all the events I have coming up? I quit going to therapy in June, is this still a good decision for me or should I go back?
I am a list person, so I make a calendar with all the events and things I have to do coming up. This way, I can take things off my list, or put them on a list to do in 2020 instead of trying to cram it all in before the end of the year.
This New Years is a big one because it’s a new decade, but honestly it’s still just another day. What you didn’t get done today, you can do tomorrow. There is still time to continue to work towards your goals and dreams.
I plan on keeping my Sundays plan-free to combat the holiday stress. I will have a whole day off to do whatever I want to do; even if that is catching up on the laundry. This way, I can start the work week refreshed and ready to go.
For physical health I consider exercise, diet, skin care, hair care, and nail care. Did I see my doctor this year? And have regular dentist appointments? Am I flossing? Am I eating enough vegetables? Do I get enough sleep at night?
I’m 50/50 in this area. The bad is I have no exercise routine, and my diet isn’t great. On the good side, I have great skin care, hair care and nail care routines. I go to my dentist as often as they say I should and floss most days. My doctors are probably sick of me because of how often I see them and contact them with Hashimoto’s and infertility so I am confident with how I am advocating for my health there.
Most of the self-care posts I see focus on face masks and doing your nails so I won’t spend more time talking about how to take care of your skin/hair/nails here.
Another thing you can do is develop a sleep routine so you get better quality sleep or upgrade your pillow to one that is better suited for your sleeping style. I have really enjoyed sleeping on a silk pillowcase because my face doesn’t crease as much on it.
I plan on taking time to keep up my nail/skin/hair routines so I can feel put together. For December, I will try to go to yoga once per week to help my anxiety and get my body moving a bit.
Am I doing an Advent study? Am I continuing with my religion?
I have struggled with spiritual health lately, but even without religion, taking time everyday to reflect and journal is a healthy habit. I have so many cute journals, I just need to start using them.
Another way to promote spiritual health is to plan out times you might want to volunteer or give back in some way.
Do I have my budget in order for the holiday? Did I meet 2019 financial goals? What am I going to do to meet 2020 financial goals?
I posted yesterday about how I budget for Christmas, so I don’t have to worry about that, but I have not planned for 2020 financial goals yet. This year, I plan on taking time to estimate the future costs of healthcare. This is hard with infertility and changing treatment plans, but still an estimate is good. I will think of ideas of how I can improve my career to keep growing and make more money in the future through raises or side hustles.
This isn’t the time to be hard on yourself for not meeting goals, but maybe be more realistic on how you can set better goals for next year.
I hope that you all have time to focus on self-care, so you can pour love into other’s lives. Have a great holiday season!