Warming and relaxing near fireplace with a hot drink looking after her self-care during the holidays

When many of us think of the holidays, we think of a time we have been looking forward to all year. For many of us, this time might include warm gatherings with friends and family, delectable meals, time away from the office, gorgeous decorations, and time to relax and self-care.

This all sounds like a dream, but for many people, the holiday season can be filled with unrealistic and unattainable expectations where instead of rest and relaxation, individuals may find themselves overcome with stress. Many of us may be concerned with cooking the perfect meal, buying the perfect gifts, organizing large gatherings with family and friends, decorating perfectly, and creating a perfectly cozy home ambiance.

In our efforts to reach these expectations and to make our friends and family happy, we can’t forget about ourselves, as there is an important saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” This may be where self-care is essential, as it allows individuals to notice their needs and focus on their well-being actively.

What is Self-Care?

Many individuals see self-care simply as jumping into a bubble bath, reading a book, or going shopping, but it can be much more than that, as there are many types of self-care. While self care may differ from person to person depending on what they find enjoyable and beneficial, they must remain mindful that self-care is not certain things.

For instance, while there might be a certain draw to it, self care is not doom scrolling on Instagram or Tiktok for hours on end if you find it has a negative impact on you. Self-care can fall into various types, such as physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental, professional, and social. Examples of these types of self-care may be sleeping well, journaling, practicing mindfulness, ensuring you have a clean space to go to, setting work boundaries, and spending time with friends that energize you, respectively.

While it can be challenging to take time for oneself during the hectic holiday season, self-care can be very beneficial. Take a moment to pause and think about the last time you actively participated in self care . What type of self-care or what self-care activity feels like it aligns with your current needs? As we head into the holiday season, consider how you would like self care to fit into these coming weeks and if you would like to incorporate it in some form.


About OCP

Ontario Counselling and Psychotherapy is a group of psychotherapists and social workers in Ottawa, Cornwall, Toronto (and soon other cities in Ontario) who offer expertise in a variety of mental health areas and believe in an integrated approach to counselling. We work with you and pride ourselves in creating a strong relationship with our clients by ensuring that we are a good fit to help you attain your therapy goals. We offer individual, couple, family and child psychotherapy to clients all over Ontario.

We invite you to explore our site and contact the therapist of your choice. You will find our contact information under “Our therapists” tab. If you are unsure, call the centre at (613) 699-0060 or email at ocp.therapyinfo@gmail.com, and we will answer any questions you may have, direct you to a therapist, and, if you wish, set you up with one of our therapists.

We have grown! We started out as a small group of therapists in Ottawa, and we have expanded to the rest of Ontario. We offer virtual services for anyone in Ontario, and we have in-person offices in the Ottawa Region, Cornwall and the GTA. We also provide sessions at a reduced fee through our student intern program. Contact us to help you navigate our site or to set you up with one of our therapists!