We’ve now entered into the seventh month of the pandemic and the holiday season is abruptly upon us.
For many people, holidays can be the most joyous time of the year – trick-or-treaters going door to door with bags full of candy, families gathering around the dinner table to give thanks, and presents being unwrapped from under the tree. But with so much else going on in our daily lives in the middle of a pandemic, it’s difficult to give any thought to what the holidays will even look like this year, or simply how we will be able to make it through.
No matter if you’re working, in the job search process, juggling childcare, trying to help your child/children cope with their own stress, bored at home, missing your family, or really anything else, we’re here to tell you that during the holidays, self-care is more important than ever and is still totally possible to achieve.
To help you be your BEST self this holiday season, we’ve put together this fresh list of self-care articles, exercises, books, and podcasts for your everyday use.
General Self-Care Guidance
50 Digital Resources to Help You Manage Your Mental Health During the Holidays – Online Counseling Programs
9 Christmas self-care tips – Balance Through Simplicity Blog
30 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays – Be More with Less
10 Things to Help You Get Through the Pandemic into the Fall – The Washington Post
90 Self-Care Activities to Start in 2020 – Gr8ness
8 Self-Care Tips for Fall in Quarantine – Healthline
Laurie Santos Says Self-Care Doesn’t Have to Be Selfish – New York Times
Self-Care Resources – Amerian Alliance of Museums
Talking About Race: Self-Care – Smithsonian's NMAAHC
Self-Care Resources – WMA
Creative Mindfulness Exercises
Self-Care Sunday Meditation Exercises – Carnegie Museum of Art
Take 10 Minutes to Defuse Holiday Stress with This Mindfulness Practice – Mindful
Mindfulness Activities: Fun Ways to Be Mindful (No Matter How Much Time You Have!) – Rachael Kable Blog
5 Art Therapy Exercises to Add to Your Self-Care Routine – SELF
Self Care Checklist During the Holidays + Free Printable – Put the Kettle on Blog
Burn After Writing – Authored by Sharon Jones
Interactive Self-Care Guide – Taken from the Smithsonian's NMAAHC Self-Care page
Self-Care For Parents
The hidden benefits of self-care for working parents – Fast Company
The One Thing Caregivers Tend to Neglect – The Oprah Magazine
Self Care For Parents In the Time of Coronavirus – Parents Together
Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus – Child Mind Institute
15 Self-Care Strategies for Parents – VeryWellFamily
25 Simple Self-Care Tools for Parents – Psychology Today
11 Tips for Mindful Parenting – Mindspace
I’m a CEO and a Working Dad. Here’s What I Wish I Did Differently. – Harvard Business Review
Time Out for Mom During the Holidays – Up North Parent Blog
They Need Me-Time, Too: A Self-Care Checklist to Do With Your Kids – Parents.com
Self-Care Books + Podcasts For Everyone
The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z – Authored by Anna Borges
Best Self-Help Books to Guide You on the Road to Self-Care – Penguin Random House
Objective Lessons: Self Care for Museum Professions – Authored by Seema Rao
The Marshmallow Test – Authored by Walter Mischel
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World – Authored by Admiral William H. McRaven
The Self-Care Revolution: smart habits & simple practices to allow you to flourish – Authored by Suzy Reading
150 Holiday Self-Care Activities: 150 ways to radically care for your body, mind, and soul! – Authored by Christine Scott-Hudson
Podcast: Family Voices on Self-Care During a Crisis – Family Voices United
20 Best Self-Help Podcasts to Listen to in 2020 – VeryWellMind
Listen Up: The 14 Best Parenting Podcasts to Add to Your List – MyDomaine
This list will be continuously updated.
Do you have a self-care resource to share? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Jessica Noyes, Communications Coordinator, WMA
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