Taking Care of Yourself with Compassion and Presence

Taking Care of Yourself with Compassion and Presence

 Taking care of yourself is vital to living a healthy, balanced life. Unfortunately, we often forget this important fact and neglect our own needs. This can lead to feelings of exhaustion, depression, and general tiredness. But rather than judge ourselves for feeling this way, it’s important to honor and accept our emotions as they are.

 With this in mind, here is a look at how you can practice self-care with compassion and presence. In this article, we'll explore the concept of a “holiday hangover”, self-care strategies that can help you relax and restore your energy levels, and the benefits of being present.


What is Holiday Hangover?

 You know the feeling – after a month of family gatherings, parties, and too much food and drink. Some of us feel a sense of letdown and exhaustion after the holidays often referred to as a “holiday hangover”. This feeling can accompany physical and mental fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and even depression.

 The holiday hangover effect is natural and can last for weeks after the holidays are over. These symptoms can be caused by a combination of different factors, such as lack of sleep, stress, a change in routine or diet, and even missing time with friends and family.

 The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your holiday hangover and help get you back into the swing of things. Accepting your emotions is the first step in taking care of yourself when feeling down.


Self-Care Strategies

 Once you've accepted your emotions, here are some strategies to take care of yourself.


Get extra rest

The restorative power of sleep cannot be underestimated. If you’re feeling tired, the best thing you can do for your body and mind is to get extra rest. Take a nap or set aside time to read a book in peace and quiet. This can help you recharge and reset your body's natural energy levels.

 People often feel guilty for wanting to slow down and take it easy after the holidays, but don’t be too hard on yourself. Taking a break is an important part of self-care and allowing your body to recover from stress.


Decline social invitations

 One of the most complex parts of dealing with a holiday hangover is that you're often invited to parties and events. While it's great to be around people, sometimes the best thing for your body and mind is to take a break from socializing. If you’re too tired to attend an event, don't hesitate to decline the invitation graciously.

 This is especially important if your holiday hangover has caused you to feel depressed or anxious. Taking care of yourself means knowing when it's time to take a step back and create some space for yourself.


Listen to the whispers of your body

 Your body knows what it needs, so listen to its whispers. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, practicing mindful meditation or yoga might be helpful. These activities can help restore your body-mind connection and clear your mind of negative thoughts.

 Additionally, take time out of your day to walk in nature or practice deep breathing exercises. This will help you connect with yourself and give your body a break from the holiday hustle and bustle.


Benefits of Being Present

 Being present is essential for our overall well-being, especially after a stressful period like the holidays. It can help us regain control of our lives and find balance amid chaos.

 Here are some benefits that come with being present


Relaxation of body & mind

 When we're present, we can access the inner stillness that allows us to relax our bodies and minds. This state of deep relaxation helps reduce physical tension in the body while also calming the mind so that it can think more clearly and effectively.

The preoccupation with all the tasks we have to do can prevent us from focusing on our own inner needs. Being present allows us to tap into that stillness so that we can take a break and restore our energy levels.


Foundation for good health

 Your physical and mental health depends on your ability to be present. Being in the moment helps us connect with our authentic selves to make healthier choices. When we're attending, it's easier to recognize unhealthy habits or patterns and take steps to change them for the better.

 This awareness helps create a foundation for good health and well-being. It allows us to become more in tune with our bodies and learn how to take better care of ourselves and live more fulfilling lives.



Having a holiday hangover is something that many of us experience in the new year. It's important to remember that there is no rush to move on from the holidays. Caring for yourself with compassion and presence can help you process your emotions. Make sure to get enough rest, decline social invitations if you need to, and listen to the whispers of your body.

So next time you're feeling down after the holidays, remember that Dr. Nikki's message of love and gratitude for self-care is the only prescription you need. Be kind to yourself and practice being in the present moment to get through those post-holiday blues. You've got this!