Self care tips abound this time of year. For better or worse, women often bear the brunt of holiday preparation. Maybe it's because we're so adept at multi-tasking, but it seems like at work and at home, women take even more onto their plates during the holidays. Self care helps make busy times of the year enjoyable, but many of the tips focus on spending time alone or taking a major time out for yourself, which can be tough for working women. These four tips can help you take care of yourself, even if you're still burning the midnight oil for your side hustle.
Use your lunch hour
We've talked about maximizing your lunch hour before, but we want to encourage you to take this month to focus on doing something that recharges your batteries during your lunch break. Unless you absolutely love doing errands, leave those for another time. Even if doing something for yourself just means finding a quiet corner with a book in hand, block out your lunch and don't take calls or be "productive" in any way.
Be protective of your sleep
Some people need less sleep than others, but we all operate better when we're rested. When life gets even busier than normal, it's easy to stay up late—or wake up early—to accommodate the additional tasks. You might even stay up late just to have some alone time. The problem is, that can be detrimental in the long run, because being tired during the day makes you less productive.
Set an alarm on your phone for bedtime, not just for the time you wake up in the morning. Even if you do need to push through another 30 minutes or so to finish up your evening tasks, the alarm helps you be more aware of the time and more likely to shut down and shut those eyes.
Take five-minute breaks
Just because you can't use the morning for a spa day doesn't mean you can't carve out a little time for yourself. See how rejuvenating five minutes can be if you use it in a way that works for you. An app like Calm, available on iOS devices, can help you focus on your breathing during the day or help you fall asleep at night. A focused five minutes can mean the difference between a chaotic afternoon and a Zen-like one. Start with five minute mental breaks three times during the day and see if you notice a difference.
Cocktails and appetizers abound during the holiday season. For working women, this can be compounded. People bring in snacks, plus there are office parties or catered client meetings. Staying hydrated matters all year, but when salty snacks, sugary treats, and alcoholic drinks are flowing more freely, water will become one of your deadliest weapons against feeling worn-down or lethargic. If you need to, track your intake with an app or in your planner, but a good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day, and to add another eight ounces for every cocktail consumed.
How do you practice self care during the holidays?
Techie by day; Designer by night. Iva Jewell by Dionne