Christmas Self-Care Practices
As the holiday season approaches, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. Amidst the joy and festivities, it's crucial to prioritise your well-being and practice self-care when stress arises from Christmas shopping. This holiday season, let's explore some effective self-care practices and methods to ensure a calm and happy Christmas.
The essence of mindfulness lies in being present at the moment and appreciating the joy around you. Incorporate mindfulness into your Christmas routine by focusing on your breath for a few minutes each day, grounding yourself in the present. Consider activities like mindful walking or savouring the flavours of holiday treats. Engaging in mindfulness self-care can alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm.
Essential oils have gained popularity for their potential to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. These oils, extracted from plants, contain aromatic compounds that can influence the mind and body. Incorporating mindfulness oils into your self-care routine can be a powerful way to support your mental and emotional health, especially during times of stress, such as the holiday season.
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- Tisserand Total De-Stress Pulse Point Roller Ball: A comforting blend of sweet Orange, balancing Geranium and warming Nutmeg to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Tisserand Sleep Better Pulse Point Roller Ball: A blissful blend of soothing Lavender, warming Sandalwood and calming Jasmine to help you relax and prepare yourself for a blissful night’s sleep.
Keep on top of Your Nutrition
Supplements play a crucial role in supporting and enhancing mental health, contributing to overall well-being. Essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals are vital for the optimal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Supplements can provide the brain with the necessary building blocks for neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that regulate mood and cognition.
Vitamin D is often more difficult to get during the Winter months as it comes from sunlight. Vitamin D can increase serotonin production, which can contribute to a positive mood and reduce the risk of conditions like depression. Read more on the benefits of vitamin D.
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- Solgar Triple Strength Omega-3: Some studies show it can help stabilise your mood and enhance the effectiveness of anti-depressants.
- Solgar Vitamin D3: Helps with mood swings and symptoms of anxiety.
- Viridian High Potency Magnesium: Contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and supports normal psychological function.
- YourZooki Vitamin C: Improves the immune system, vital when surviving the colder months.
Create a Self-Care Schedule
Amid holiday chaos, it's easy to neglect personal time. Schedule specific blocks in your calendar for self-care activities. Whether it's a warm bath with a face mask, a quiet reading session, or a short meditation, prioritising these moments for yourself is essential. By consciously allocating time for self-care, you ensure that you recharge and remain resilient during the festive season.
- Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk: A blend of essential lavender oils for ultimate rest and calm reflection. A classic aid to peaceful sleep, in a soft milky bath.
- Tisserand Sleep Better Bath Salts: A blissful blend of soothing Lavender, warm Sandalwood and calming Jasmine.
- Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Biodegradable Sheet Mask: Including antioxidants with rich Kale, Spirulina, Parsley and chlorella to detoxify and dull skin, leaving it feeling hydrated and radiant.
- Avene Antirougeurs CALM Mask: Cooling and hydrating mask to help restore comfort to redness-prone skin and provide relaxation.
Christmas Self-Care Rituals
Crafting personalised Christmas self-care rituals can be a delightful way to indulge in the holiday spirit while taking care of yourself. This could include creating a cosy space for relaxation with festive scents and decorations, enjoying a cup of herbal tea by the fire, or simply spending quality time with loved ones. Tailor these rituals to suit your preferences, making them a source of joy and rejuvenation.
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- Durance Lavender Perfumed Handmade Candle: A beautifully delicate scent of Lavender will perfume your home, creating an authentic and serene atmosphere.
Take advantage of the winter wonderland that surrounds Christmas. Spending time outdoors, whether it's a brisk walk in the snow or a hike in a winter landscape, can be a refreshing way to clear your mind. Nature has a unique way of rejuvenating the spirit, making it an excellent self-care method during the Christmas festivities.
Amid the holiday rush, remember to prioritise your well-being. By incorporating these self-care practices into your Christmas routine, you can ensure a calmer and happier holiday season. Remember, the true magic of Christmas lies in the joy and happiness of wholesome moments, and by looking after yourself. You can fully embrace and appreciate the Christmas spirit with relaxing products from Total Body Care.
If you’re looking for some great ideas for Christmas gifts, take a look at our Christmas beauty and skincare gift guide.