Self-Care Resources To Prepare For Holiday Stressors: A Round-Up

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In preparation for the holiday season, we launched our #SelfCareSeason campaign last week. Tis the season for self-care! 

Ideally, we practice self-care every season, but new seasons also make for great chances to renew commitments and goals we have made for ourselves or our communities. At the tail-end of a Hold My Beer, 2016 sort of year, we could all use a little more self-care in our lives. Add to that the typical stressors of a holiday season — no matter what you celebrate — and you've got a recipe calling for a generous extra helping of some personal TLC.

In a season all about community and family, it's important to remember that we are also a part of those communities and families. Taking care of yourself is taking care of your family, and it's the best gift you could give yourself this holiday season. That's the heart of our campaign, and we hope to keep the discussion going as we make our way through the rest of 2017. 

 

Want to join-in and celebrate the #SelfCareSeason? Tag us in a post on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag! 

 

We kicked things off with a Facebook Live all about Winter Mental Wellness from our very own OCDame:

 

A solid self-care practice is one of the best things we can do for our mental health, especially during a time when so many of us are affected by extra stress, more socialization than we're used to, and even Seasonal Affective Disorder.

We also hosted a Twitter chat all about coping with common holiday stressors featuring many members of the Rav Fam with special insights on everything from body confidence and self-love, to sobriety and mental health.

Find the whole chat by searching #RavChat

Panelist and Fatshion Friday writer Laurel even wrote a self-care series on the site earlier this year — if you're looking for more tips, be sure to check it out! 

We started by asking everyone:

What are the most stressful parts of the holiday season for you?

Our EIC Joni knows the struggles of a less-than-ideal extended family. It's important to remember that a big family dinner with parents, aunts and uncles, and cousins isn't a healthy situation for everyone — and that is OK!

What potential triggers should we look out for during holiday celebrations and parties?  

Laurel shared her three big topics to avoid at large gathering:

Food and dieting were big ones here. Big holiday meals combined with the likelihood of unwanted comments from family members about our bodies or what we choose to put in them. All the political upheaval of the past year doesn't help ease any tension, either!

All this stress talk is stressful! 

How can we prepare ourselves for holiday stress without increasing it by being hard on ourselves or too stressed about our stress?

Jenni recommends extra animal snuggles if you're feeling in need of some time away from other people. It gives you a break from seasonal social pressure without isolating yourself in the process, which can be dangerous for your mental health if you're already feeling overwhelmed!

Speaking of a plan of action...

What can you do if you are in crisis at a family function or holiday party?

We've totally been there.

Can we get an A-MEN to that?

We're big fans of boundaries around here, so we had to ask about them:

How do you set boundaries during the holidays without offending friends and family?

Jenni urged us to do a little self-reflection when it comes to our worries about "offending" others with our boundaries:

Jen thinks boundaries are pretty much the best, and she's got a great general answer for those prying questions we too often feel obligated to indulge.

To wrap up, we asked panelists for specific examples on how to respond to people who insist on stepping over those boundaries anyway:

What are the best deflections (or answers) when family asks you intrusive questions about your love life, your weight, your career, etc?

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