With the holidays coming up, it is a perfect time to start thinking about ways to better and improve yourself. Many people begin mapping out a plan for getting healthy in the upcoming new year, or they may come up with ways they can be of help to others in their community. For others, it is a matter of practicing better self-care physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The good news is, no matter what you are looking for, there are always things you can put on your holiday wish list that will make your goals much easier to attain. These might include services rather than physical items, such as meal deliveries that will make your life a lot easier, or a massage to work out the stress that holidays can bring. Whatever your needs are, there is a way you can integrate the solution into your holiday wish list. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Have meals delivered

It may sound like an expensive service, but with companies like Blue Apron creating healthy, reasonably priced options, there’s no time like the present to get signed up. Not only will you be able to provide a nice home cooked meal for your family, but you will alsoa special timehobby, butAME timethat renders one of the best and  most amazing gift services be able to do it in half the time since the food comes to your door in just the right portions and with easy-to-follow directions. For more info, head to their website.

Get creative

Creativity can be a wonderful way to release stress and anxiety, but for those who don’t feel they are “artistic” enough to express themselves, there are coloring books and ribbons made specifically for adults. Coloring is relaxing and allows you to let your creativity flow; add some colored pencils to your wish list and get to work! For more on how to choose which book you want, visit Here.

Ask for a spa day

Figuring out what to ask for when it comes to gifts can be difficult, especially if you know your friends and family members are on a budget. One great idea is to ask for a gift certificate for a spa day spa or massage. Many massage therapy schools offer discounted rates if you ask for a student, and this is a great way to get a day to yourself for some pampering.

A leather bound journal

Journaling your thoughts and feelings is a great way to express yourself and release stress and anxiety, and nothing beats a lovely leather-bound book to keep it all in. Having a special tome to write in makes the entire process of journaling that much better; you can find these in most bookstores and even on Amazon.

Self-care tools

Think about the areas of your life that could use a little work; are you tired much of the time? Do you feel you don’t have enough time to yourself to just relax or do the things you enjoy? Are you interested in a hobby but don’t have the right tools? These are good questions to ask yourself when thinking about what to put on your wish list because they allow you to figure out what would help you achieve a goal or make your life easier. Self-care is incredibly important for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, so don’t be too shy to ask for things that will help you feel better.

The holidays can be a stressful time in themselves, so don’t forget to carve time out of your schedule a me time. Sit with a good book, take a long, hot bath, or make time to get together with your friends over some good food. Finding simple ways to relax and cope with stress will help you be the best version of yourself.

Written by: Julie Morris 

Bio: Ms. Morris is a life and career coach who strives to help others live the best lives that they can. She believes she can relate to clients who feel run over by life because of her own experiences. She spent years in an unfulfilling career in finance before deciding to help people in other ways.

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