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7 Holiday Self-Care Tips to Help You Focus on Yourself

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By Becky Mansfield, Your Modern Family. Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

The concept of ‘self-care’ is everywhere right now: I see it on Instagram and Facebook, with people posting beautiful, manicured photos of themselves in idyllic settings – mountains, lakes, beaches, even their cozy living rooms – sharing their joy at their mini, pampering getaways and rituals.

Self-care can be those kinds of things, but for me, it’s just the opposite – self-care is about YOU and using those little moments to work on building the life that you want to live, so you don't have to feel the need to escape for a weekend unless you really want to.    

It's all about what makes YOU feel cared relaxed. I think of it as my way to catch-up and put things into place, get organized and caught up, so I can really BE in the moment, all the time, without worries.

And especially this time of year, with the holiday season in full swing and having even less downtime than usual, I realize I wouldn’t jet off to a spa if I had a free weekend, or even a day, to do what I wanted just for myself.

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Instead, my holiday-season self-care routine would be about finetuning my usual weekend routine, and my family’s, too. Here’s what I would do:

•    Wake up an hour before my family to enjoy some peace and quiet while I made their favorite cinnamon-bread breakfast, just so I could see four happy little faces come down the stairs when they smell what’s baking.
•    Create a meal plan for the week ahead, then run my errands and do my grocery shopping at a less frantic, more thoughtful pace than usual.
•    Write out all of my Christmas cards and get them to the post office in time this year. I'd catch up on my e-mail, organize a closet or two and finally finish the kids’ baby albums that I've been putting off for years now.
•    Put a meal in the slow cooker, so I don't have to worry about it.
•    Clean the kitchen so that I could know that it looked nice every time that I walked into the room.
•    Stay home, saying no to other things in order to say yes to relaxing.
•    At the end of this long day filled with activity and love, I’d fall asleep on the couch holding one of my kids.

Self-care, to me, is all about taking care of me – which really means taking care of my family, because that is what makes me feel energized, refreshed and happy. My grandma always said ‘Different strokes for different folks,’ so I get it – my definition of ‘self-care’ maybe isn’t for everyone, but it works for me!

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Self-care looks different for everyone. What does it look like to you?

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Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

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