I wanted to share my self care list I pull out around the holidays.  Feel free to take any idea and try it for yourself.

Self Care Actions

  •  Take a power nap or two.
  • Work out more in order to balance the extra caloric intake.
  • Take a long bath.
  • Listen to my favorite music.
  • Sneak away for a matinee.
  • Call and chat with my favorite people .
  • Take time off from work.
  • List out all of the good things in my life.
  • Re-read a favorite book.
  • Make people laugh.
  • Start laughing for no reason.  It usually makes me laugh.
  • Go to the holiday parties you want to and decline the parties I do not wish to attend.
  • Do deep belly breathing.
  • Meditate.
  • Adopt a family in need.
  • Donate to Arc or Goodwill.
  • Buy myself a gift.
  • Get a massage.
  •  Send holiday cards.
  • Stretch or do yoga.  I stretch, who’s kidding?
  • Tell loved ones why I appreciate them.
  • I NEVER shop Black Friday.

Self Care Thoughts.

  • Saying no to others is saying yes to me.  (Thank you Willam Ury- The Power of No.)
  • I focus my thoughts on favorite holidays memories and intentionally stop thinking about mishaps or sad ones.
  • I remind myself that holidays are stressful for many people and I am not alone.
  • I tell my self, “Are you using your self care list?” 
  • I try and remember to stay present.  I say “Wise mind.” (Thank you Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- DBT.)
  • I remind myself how far I have come.
  • I think of all the people that love me and I love.
  • I say the Serenity Prayer. (Thank you ACOA. Sub-group of AA.)
  • I use the Four Agreements.  (Thank you don Miguel Ruiz.)

I hope you all have a workable, to content to happy holiday season!