Fall has long passed and winter is upon us. During the winter months we often find ourselves drained mentally, emotionally, and physically. For me personally, this happens every year in December and January. This year was even more difficult due to wedding planning and all the drama that comes along with it (inserts a screaming emoji face). Pretty sure I developed anxiety from wedding planning this year alone! Now take the wedding planning and add it on top project deadlines, a short staff, year end reviews, and planning goals for next quarter. My end of year tasks left me so drained and overwhelmed that I knew I had to act quickly before my absurd plan of disappearing to Antarctica became a viable option. Oh, did I forget to mention all the holiday shopping, attending holiday gatherings, cooking for family, and hosting family sleepovers? Let’s just say this woman needed a break.
I got so busy with finishing year end projects that I forgot about the biggest project of them all; myself. So I made an executive decision(with some strong nudging from my fiancé) to put myself on a winter self-care break. So here I am fresh off my winter self-care break writing this blog post to encourage you to take a winter self-care break as well.
My winter self-care break was all about be me getting re-energized and refocused on my mission, vision, and goals. I spent all my time and energy on me. I cancelled plans and obligations that were not life or death; you’ll be surprised how short the list gets. Let me just say it was the best decision I ever made!
Thanks to my winter self-care break I’m reenergized and ready to tackle my goal planning for next year with a fresh set of eyes. Before I move on to my goal planning discussion and blog post for 2019 I wanted to share with my readers my guide on winter self care. Think of it as a ‘not’ to do list. Check out all my tips on how to take a winter self-care break! You’ll find that this task is pretty easy to do if you just make time for it.
Here’s a free Winter Break Self-care Checklist:
- Sleep in– The most important thing to do on a self-care break is get some rest. It’s okay to hit snooze on that alarm.
- Eat a healthy breakfast– It’s so true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m less productive on the days I don’t eat breakfast because I’m running out the door in a hurry. That never works out well because I crash two hours later from hunger pains. Take a moment to eat a breakfast.
- Enjoy a lavender latte with your breakfast- I’m obsessed with lavender lattes. The coffee energizes me but the dried lavender and lavendar flavor gives me a sense of calm as if nothing else matters besides drinking my latte at that very moment.
- Unplug from the world and put your phone on do not disturb- This is the most important step on your winter self-care break. You have to turn off your phone or put it on do not disturb. The world will not end in 24 hrs. I powered off my phone for two days and disconnected from social media of any kind. Guess what? The world didn’t end.
- Make a self-care music playlist- Put together a playlist that includes your favorite relaxing tunes. My list included Jazz, R&B, NeoSoul, and other relaxing genres of music.
- Buy yourself flowers– I buy myself flowers every month. There doesn’t have to be any special occasion to buy fresh flowers.
- Do an at home facial to refresh dry winter skin- Winter skin rituals are important as this is the time of year when our skin is most prone to dryness and skin peeling. Take some time to do a good facial treatment and add in a few drops of essential oil.
- Take a detox bath full of lavender oil, episom salt, and rose petals- This is my personal fave. There is nothing better than a hot bath with epson salt to relieve sore muscles and body aches. You don’t realize how much you need it until you actually do it.
- Read all the books on your reading list- Pretty self explanatory. Just pick up a good book and read it
- Binge watch movies or catch up on your favorite shows- There is a reason Netflix and Hulu are so popular. Unlimited movies and tv shows at your fingertips without interruption. Mindless tv watching is okay on a winter self-care break.
- Meditate and just breathe- Practice mindfulness. Simply take 5 to 10 minutes and just breath. Don’t worry about your obligations, goals, your bills, or whatever else keeps you worried at night. Just meditate and breathe. Think of absolutely nothing!
So that’s the short and simple version of how to take a winter self-care break. Before you know it the holidays have passed and the new year has started bringing new projects and tasks along with it. So take some time for yourself and try some of the self-care tips above for your very own winter self-care break. Hopefully you find yourself reenergize for the new year!
p.s. You can take a self-care break in any season.