November Self-Care Activities

self-care activities Nov 01, 2021
people eating at a holiday gathering

November officially marks the beginning of the busy holiday season. Stores are putting out holiday decorations and calendars are filling up with social gatherings.

Between making your holiday travel arrangements and getting your holiday shopping done, you might not have a whole lot of time left over.

That’s why mapping out your November self-care activities now can prevent it from falling to the bottom of your to-do list.

In this article, you’ll learn how these November self-care activities can help you design a maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holiday season.

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November Self-Care

Here are 6 November self-care activities to explore this month:

1. Up Your Yoga Game

The holiday season can be stressful. Travel snafus, awkward family gatherings, crowded shopping centers, and looming end-of-year deadlines can toll on your physical health.

Yoga is a great way to incorporate elements of physical movement, meditation, and spiritual connectedness. To up your yoga game, try some new yoga poses or sequences.

Exploring new forms of yoga can help you better manage stress and stay focused on what matters most.

2. Prepare a Holiday Shopping Budget

Unless you love the thrill of last-minute shopping, getting a head start on your holiday shopping can decrease stress. 

Preparing a holiday shopping budget in advance can also prevent  you from overspending. Whether you shop locally or online, getting an early start on seasonal shopping also means you get to spend time with friends and family.

3. Say “No”

Saying no isn't always easy, but sometimes you need to honor your boundaries by declining invitations or events that extend you beyond your capacity.

Learning how to say no with grace and kindness will help protect your energy and health. And just remember: sometimes saying ‘no’ is simply saying ‘not right now.”

4. Get a Massage

Massage therapy can help prevent injuries from poor posture or positioning. If you work behind a computer for long periods of time, it might be a good idea to toss a monthly massage into your self-care routine. Body therapies like massage are known to ease tension and muscle strain, but they can also improve your mood. 

5. Turn Off Social Media Notifications

Take a social media break by turning off notifications on your phone. If you’re still tempted to check for updates throughout the day, consider deleting the app temporarily.

Pressing the pause button on social media periodically can help you focus your energy elsewhere, such as reconnecting with friends in person.

6. Make Soup

Are you the type of person who likes an occasional stay-at-home-day where you can lay low and relax? Those days are perfect for soup. Grab a book, put on some soup, and keep your to-do list to a bare minimum.

Here are some soup ideas to add to your menu:

  • Spicy butternut squash
  • Chicken noodle
  • Tomato basil
  • Chicken tortilla
  • Corn chowder

Which November Self-Care Activities Will You Explore?

Take a moment to review the goals you the month and map out the November self-care activities that support your greatest needs.

Which self-care activities will you explore this month? Share in the comments below.

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