As the holidays approach and we spend extended time with family and friends, remember to take time for yourself every day. Sleep in and catch up on your rest. Take a nap in the middle of the day. Take a spa bath. Pause to breathe. Or simply sit and do nothing.
You deserve to take care of yourself before everyone else. Remember the instructions when you fly: “In case of an emergency drop in air pressure, place your oxygen mask on first, before taking care of small children or traveling companions.” You deserve to be first.
In this season of “doing”, it is important to simply “be”, Be present. Be available to your family. Be in the moment. Give the person you are visiting your full attention. Sit and be with the people in your home instead of rushing around preparing food. Invite guests to help set the table or help with dishes. Limit electronic devices. Linger after the meal. Play a game. Reminisce about past holidays. Honor special family members or friends who have died but are still present in the memories, stories and love you share. These are the gifts that last beyond the wrapping paper and elaborate meals.
What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself during this holiday season? Choose some balance cards or make a list of things you want to do for yourself. Now go do some of the things you listed. Choose to be balanced in mind, body and spirit.
May you have a blessed holiday!