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It has been a long, taxing year and you deserve a break! Forget worrying about what amazing, memorable gifts to give your friends and family. It’s time to give back to yourself for a change! Replenish your body, mind, and soul with the following ideas. 

An experience 

You can’t get a better break from the old than by making an effort to embrace the new. Gifting yourself with an experience rather than something material can go a long way towards boosting your mood and your confidence. It doesn’t have to be something daring (unless you’re into that sort of thing, of course!), just something that you have never done before. Never been to see an opera? Book those tickets and take your girlfriends along. Never volunteered at an orphanage or an animal shelter? Go and do a good deed. The options are truly endless. 

Boudoir photography 

Living a fast-paced, demanding lifestyle can take a lot out of you. It can even take a toll on your self-confidence. Embrace your beauty, sky-rocket your self-esteem, and try something new with boudoir photography. Revealed Studios, boudoir photography specialists in Chicago, describe this art as ‘an expression of self-love.’ Feel transformed and powerful and ready for any challenge that comes your way. 

Me-time 

Giving so much of yourself to everyone else means that you often have very little time to dedicate to savoring some additional me-time here and there – but self-care is so very important. You cannot pour from an empty cup, after all. This festive season, make me-time your number one priority. Not only should you take an hour or two every day to soak in the tub, sip on a glass of wine, or devour a good book, you should also avoid attending events merely because you feel obliged to. If you don’t want to go, say no. You’ll be astounded at how empowered you’ll feel. 

A new look 

You know what they say – a change is as good as a rest. Take advantage of that fact by giving yourself a makeover this Christmas. It doesn’t need to be drastic; little changes can make all the difference. Whether you choose to get a new haircut or color, or you opt to try out a new makeup trend, you’re sure to feel refreshed and pampered. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the ‘new you’ and the ‘new look’ that you adore. 

Time 

Stop watching that clock. Sometimes, the best gift you can give yourself is the gift of time. This means toning down that always-on-the-go attitude and focusing on taking your time when going about your daily tasks. Be in the moment rather than always planning your next move or rushing to get through everything faster. Pay attention to the intricate flavor of your morning coffee, breathe in the fresh air when you’re out and about, and cuddle your partner or kids a few seconds longer than usual. Before you know it, the festive season will be over, and you’ll be back to the daily grind once again. 

This Christmas is YOUR Christmas. Make every second count.