On Self Care & Chocolate Chip Cookies

December marks one of my favourite times of year. It’s getting cold and dark but it’s cosy inside and there’s plenty to be thankful for. It’s the perfect time to get into a good routine of looking after yourself before the full depths of winter set in, and a great time to practise some self care. For those that suffer mental health problems, or are susceptible to seasonal affective disorders, I find December marks the start of the period where things start to become the most difficult, but the festive season can be a great way to ease in gently, and a good excuse to take care of yourself!

It’s dark when you wake up, and chances are it’s dark when you get home too, so I find bringing some light into your home particularly helpful. Light up the Christmas Tree if you haven’t already, and string some lights around the room; the warm glow of fairy lights is so much more comforting than an overhead lamp, and comfort is key in December. Light candles and invite festive scents as well as warm flickering light, and make your space as cosy as possible.

December is not a time for dieting either, and if you need to make and eat a whole plate of chocolate chip cookies, then you should do just that. Cook stews, casseroles and pies, and warm up chilly lunch hours with soup and crusty bread. Opt for comfort over style, switch out that stylish but cold jacket for a thick layer of warmth, and grab a scarf that doubles as a blanket to snuggle up on the go.

Rewatch your favourite Christmas films even if you’ve seen them a hundred times before. Listen to your favourite Christmas album on repeat and sing along where possible. Never be without a hot drink to warm your hands, and add marshmallows where you can.

Go easy on yourself and if you can’t do anything other than snooze on the sofa when it’s dark outside, then that’s just fine. There are plenty of other times where productivity can come first, but December can be, if you need it, a time for a mini hibernation, to batten down the hatches and see out the darkness can cold as comfortably as possible. In previous years I’ve tried to cram in as much as possible and then felt frustrated when I tired myself out and couldn’t do it all. This year I’m taking things slow and taking as much time as I need to relax, eat cookies, or do simply nothing at all, and all of a sudden those wintery days and nights have become a lot more pleasant!

11 comments so far.
  • Laura Kanevičiūtė

    Such a cute and cosy post! Loved it, as always! And also, one thing just made me laugh: “December is not a time for dieting” when I’m trying to force myself at least try and eat healthyish and get in some kind of shape until the holidays and after reading that I was just like “screw the diet – tomorrow I’m baking cookies”. Haha
    Love, Laura
    Bright & Breezy

  • Diana Maria

    What a wonderful post- thank you for this! I’ve found it a bit harder to stay motivated and positive as the days grow shorter and it’s constantly dark out- so taking care of myself and letting go of guilt truly helps during these times. I hope you have a lovely weekend! xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

  • These are great self care tips! I enjoy this time of year but I know a lot of people struggle with the seasonal changes. ♥

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  • Bee

    I love this! I think December really is a time to go easy on yourself, kind of as a way of rewarding yourself for completing the year!

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  • This post made me so happy! December is definitely not the time for diets (not that I’m one to diet other times of the year, anyway)…there are so many indulgent and delicious foods around! I am very hard on myself when I’m not productive, but this reminded me to relax a little 🙂

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • Such a great post! I love December since it’s not just about others, but yourself too! So important to practice self-care this time of year, especially with your fav film and a hot choco!

    a life of a charlotte

    x

  • This is such a lovely cosy post to read. Alongside work I’m definitely making sure I take time for self-care this month as I suffer with a mix of anxiety. Warm glow fairy lights are my favourite for popping on in the mornings and evenings when it’s dark. It’s so cosy and makes a relaxing atmosphere. Lovely post Carrie 🙂 x

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

  • I loved reading this post, definitely one of my favourites this month, so cosy to read through! Really loving the positivity and promotion of self-love here 🙂 Those cookies look so tasty too!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • The holidays definitely are not a time to diet! 😀

  • Sounds lovely! We are in Summer here but a lovely cosy winter Christmas is definitely on my bucket list for one day. I can still use some of these tips though, yanno, like eating all the cookies 😛

  • I love this post so so much! Self love has been one of my main goals for 2017 and will continue into 2018, I’ve really noticed the importance of it throughout this year and it makes such a big difference!

    Abi | abistreetx