Self-Care is Snow Joke: Self-Care Resources for the 2020 Holidays

Self-Care 2020 Posts IG.jpgBetween the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, celebrating the holidays, and getting our priorities straight for 2021, things are still stressful as ever.

With January 2021 not far out of reach, now is the perfect time to wrap up in your coziest blanket and treat yo' self to some serious self-care.

No matter where you are, what you're doing, and who you're spending the upcoming holidays with (or without), indulging in some comforting self-care can help you gain back control of this crazy time. To help you be your BEST self during the final weeks of 2020 and ring in the new year with a positive mindset, we’ve put together this fresh list of self-care articles, exercises, books, and podcasts for your use.


Holiday Self-Care Guidance

For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care – NY Times

9 Self-Care Tips for Anyone Spending the Holidays Alone – Self Magazine

50 Digital Resources to Help You Manage Your Mental Health During the Holidays – Online Counseling Programs

30 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays – Be More with Less

6 Ways I’m Navigating Holiday Loneliness This Year – Self Magazine

Peak Anxiety? Here Are 10 Ways to Calm Down – NY Times

How parents (and kids) can stay sane over the holidays – Chicago Tribune

How Moms Can Beat The 'Winter Blues' This Year –

Self Care Checklist During the Holidays + Free Printable – Put the Kettle on Blog


Self-Care for the New Year

Stay-At-Home Self-Care Tricks I Learned In 2020 – YR Media

Here’s What You’ll Probably Care Most About In 2021 – Essence

The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z – Authored by Anna Borges

In a Stressful Time, Knitting for Calm and Connection – NY Times

Self-Compassion: A Powerful Parenting Tool to Work On Today – Healthline Parenthood

Improve Your Bedtime Routine With These Five Luxurious Tips – NY Times

You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine or Isolation, Starting Right Now – NY Times

Self-Care Resources – Amerian Alliance of Museums

Talking About Race: Self-Care – Smithsonian's NMAAHC

Self-Care Resources – Western Museums Association


Holiday + New Years Fun at Home

14 Creative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Alone This Year – Self Magazine

11 Totally Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year's Eve At Home This Year – Delish

8 Holiday Horror Movies to Stream When You Wish 2020 Would Just End – Vulture

Interactive Self-Care Guide – Taken from the Smithsonian's NMAAHC Self-Care page

Self Care Checklist During the Holidays + Free Printable – Put the Kettle on Blog


Create a Self-Care Plan for 2021

A Look at the Self-Care Wheel: Templates, Worksheets, and Activities – Positive Psychology

Developing a Self-Care Plan –

How To Create A Daily Self-Care Routine That You’ll Actually Stick To – Life Goals

5 Art Therapy Exercises to Add to Your Self-Care Routine – SELF

Burn After Writing – Authored by Sharon Jones


Books + Podcasts for Everyone to Enjoy Over the Holidays

Holiday Books 2020 Edition – KQED

26 Holiday Books That Will Bring A Little Joy Back To 2020 – Refinery29

10 Inclusive Children’s Holiday Books for the Most Wonderful Storytimes of the Year – Book Riot

The 15 best books our book critic read this year – Vox

10 Best Books (and Audiobooks) to Read When You’re Busy and Stressed – Real Simple

Best Self-Help Books to Guide You on the Road to Self-Care – Penguin Random House

Holiday Self-Care Checklist (Podcast Episode) – Therapy For Real Life Podcast

Podcasts for Inspiration, Self-Care and Social Justice This Holiday Season – KQED

19 Podcasts To Listen To When You've Had Enough Christmas Music – Bustle

The Best 2020 True Crime Podcasts To Binge Over The Holidays – Oxygen

Sick of Christmas Music? Try These Kid-Friendly Holiday Podcasts Instead – PopSugar Family


This list will be continuously updated.

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Written by Jessica Noyes, WMA

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