General Mental Health

Self-Care during the Holiday Season

We asked some of the Libero Contributors how to practice self-care during the holidays. Here's what they had to say...

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During November and December here at Libero, our theme is “The Holidays“. The holidays can be a wonderful time of year; however, they can also be difficult. Self-care is important any time of the year, but it is particularly important during the holiday season.

We asked some of the Libero Contributors how to practice self-care during the holidays. Here’s what they had to say:

Laura MacKinnon:

“Self-care means maintaining regular practices that work for me.”

For me, self-care means maintaining regular practices that work for me. For example, meditating daily and doing food prep once per week. It also includes saying no to things that I don’t really want to do or that I know won’t work for my schedule, and having enough unstructured down time.


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Arielle (Bair) Arbushites (@ariellearbs):

“I do things with my family that I enjoy and skip things that cause stress.”

I prioritize self-care during the holidays the same way I do the rest of the year. I set boundaries between my personal life and work life. I do things with my family that I enjoy and skip things that cause stress. I remember what is important this time of year and keep the focus off money and on gratitude.

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Amy Carey:

“I take care of myself by maintaining as much of a normal routine as I possibly can.”

During the holidays, I take care of myself by maintaining as much of a normal routine as I possibly can. My family participates in many fun events and activities throughout the holiday season, but we don’t over-commit. I have two young boys and while the Christmas season is very exciting, we also need normalcy. I also don’t allow myself to get worked up about gifts and making everything perfect. The most important part of the holidays for me is having my family together.

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Lauren Bersaglio (@laurenbsag):

“Setting aside “me time” is the most important form of self-care. “

For me, during the holidays setting aside “me time” is the most important form of self-care. The holidays are filled with events and activities that, despite being wonderful, can be draining for an introvert like me. Setting aside time alone to read a book, paint my nails, or watch my favourite shows is really important in order to avoid social burnout. Self-care this time of year takes a lot of balance: balancing time with loved ones with time with myself. I find checking in with myself (and my energy) regularly and setting boundaries is the best way to maintain this balance.

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We hope you find these tips helpful. Most importantly, we hope you take time this holiday season to take care of yourself.

Don’t forget to check out our articles on The Holidays, and if you would like to join our team of contributors and be part of articles like this one, click here.

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