How to Pamper Yourself this Holiday Season

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With only a few days until Thanksgiving and a few weeks until Christmas life can speed up to a near frenzy before you know it. There are dinners to cook and parties to attend, decorations to put up and presents to buy. Everywhere you look people are singing, lights are twinkling, holiday movies and plays are running.

In many aspects, the holiday season truly is the most wonderful time of the year. However, if you are not careful, the stress of this joyous time can be nearly overwhelming. We can forget about our need to pamper yourself with your zest to make magical memories for everyone else. Before you know it a dream can become a nightmare.

 

This is why during the holiday season it is more important than ever to allow yourself some time to be selfish. As a parent, especially a single parent, we need to remember to make yourself as much of a priority as everyone else. To help you do that here are a few tips on how to pamper yourself and stay sane during the holiday season.

 

10 Ways to Pamper Yourself this Holiday Season

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Schedule yourself in.

This is probably the most important tip in my entire “Pamper yourself” list. This is why I’ve placed it first. As a parent, it can be easy to put everyone and everything ahead of yourself. The days are full, the nights are full, and the hours are full. In order to ensure that you don’t get neglected during this busy season, you should block out me time just as you would a doctor’s appointment. Then honor your appointment with yourself just as you would honor the aforementioned doctor’s appointment.

 

Take a bubble bath

Grab yourself some Bubbles, some candles, and some scented oils. Fill the tub and close the door. Take 10, 20 or 30 minutes and just be. Lie in the hot bath, close your eyes and let yourself just be for a bit.

 

Spring for a pedicure

All of that shopping, caroling, and merry-making can be so hard on our feet. You only have the two and you want to keep them healthy for as long as possible. It is important during the holiday season (and during ANY season for that matter) to take care of your feet. This is a great opportunity to pamper yourself by splurging and treating yourself to a pedicure. Trust me, your ten little piggies will thank you.

 

Two words: pumpkin spice

Speaking of splurging, nothing says the holidays like pumpkin spice. From candles to coffee to pie – the pumpkin is where it’s at. So indulge your orange obsession. Stop for that latte on the way to work. Light up that candle that smells like pie. In fact, take your pie – and eat it too.

 

Hit the gym

Now that you’ve filled up on pie and pumpkin lattes, take yourself to the gym for a little one on one time with the weight bench. Take a walk. Do a few squats. Carve out a bit of time to get that heart rate up and get those endorphins flowing. Your body will thank you for it.

 

Take a power nap

Nothing restores your spirit and recharges your batteries than a power nap. If I had to name one activity that instantly makes me feel better, allowing myself the joy of a nap has to be the one. In fact, I’d be willing to say that there are few better ways to pamper yourself than sinking into a beautiful power nap.

 

Read a good book

If you’re like me you have a stack of books to be read longer than your arm. Take some time out this holiday season and make that stack a little shorter. Find a book and lose yourself in it for a while. Embrace the written word. Feed your imagination and sour soul for a bit.

 

Spike your eggnog

How do you take something good and make it even better? Add a bit of rum. Spiked eggnog, spiked apple cider, apple wine, a bit of the bubbly. Pick your poison and enjoy it a little. The holidays are tailor-made for moderate indulgence. So put the kiddos to bed, light a fire in the fireplace (or a bunch of candles), and pour yourself a bit of Christmas spirit. Trust me, a glass of wine makes the marathon wrapping sessions much, much easier to bear. *Please drink responsibly.

 

Get a store-bought pie

I’m going to say this for us both. Not everything has to be made from scratch. During those holiday meals and get-togethers, we often have more drive than time. If everyone is expecting the cornbread-stuffing recipe passed down from your great aunt Myrtle that’s tine – make that. But then let yourself pick up an apple pie from the grocery store and pop that sucker into the oven. Being mom is good enough. Don’t kill yourself trying to be super mom.

 

Embrace your inner Scrooge

No one can be joyful and full of holiday cheer all of the time. Give yourself permission to take the moments when you aren’t at your holiday happiest for what they are. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Accepting and allowing yourself the full range of emotions is an important step on the road to inner peace. This year pamper yourself by letting yourself be grumpy if you need to.

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Conclusion

Remember, Thanksgiving and Christmas time is supposed to be fun. This time of year is about love and life, magic and memories. Don’t let the responsibilities of the holiday season steal away the wonder of it. While you are busy taking care of everyone around you this year, don’t forget to pamper yourself a little bit too. You – and everyone around you – will be happier for it.

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