One of my favorite times of the year, the holiday season can also be a whirlwind of get togethers, to-do lists and friends and family. At times it can be overwhelming or even downright stressful. If you feel like you are being pulled in many different directions it can be hard to fully enjoy the abundance of the season. Looking after yourself, while important all of the year, becomes even more important.
Take a moment and look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see?
Do you see all your flaws and weaknesses reflected back to you? If so, it may be that you are looking at yourself through a dirty mirror. When we neglect ourselves (physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually) we allow a residue to build up around us. We become less vibrant, less fulfilled, a cloudy version of who we really are. By ignoring, or not taking time to care for ourselves we let this warped perspective begin to take over. Instead of seeing love, compassion, and positive energy we begin to see negativity, criticism, neglect, and emotional disconnection.
Ignoring the importance of self care is in essence like never cleaning the mirror in your bathroom. Initially it’s not a big deal you can see things just fine, but in time the smudges and dust build up and before you know it you aren’t seeing things clearly anymore. It happens slowly, so slowly that often you don’t even realize just how much is standing between you and a clear image of yourself and your worth.
Just as you would give your bathroom mirrors a clean before welcoming guests into your home, take some time this holiday season to clean your personal mirror by giving yourself the gift of self care.
This holiday season I challenge you to give yourself the gift of caring about you first. All the other stuff will fall into place.
7 Great ways to give self care this hoiliday season:
1. Prioritize the 4 Pillars of Health
2. Embrace the Spirit of Giving
This doesn't mean you have to buy a gift for everyone, in fact it means the opposite.
The pressure of gift giving can be stressful when it's all about what you buy at the store. It can also be expensive. Instead think of ways that you can give without having to go through the madness of shopping malls and carparks. Things like volunteering at your local homeless shelter or food bank; giving presents just to the kids in your life and donating money to your favorite charity on behalf of the adults; making a batch of homemade cookies or signing your friends up for a CSA box or meal service are all wonderful ways of giving that won't break the bank and help you to avoid the madness of the shops. I also think these great ways to personalize your gifts in a meaningful way.
3. Make a schedule (and stick to it)
Working to a schedule helps de-stress all of the tasks you have to get done by prioritizing and setting limits of time. Most importantly be sure to schedule time for yourself. Come in for an acupuncture treatment, have a massage or just go for a walk in nature and breathe. Your reflection in the mirror will thank you for it.
4. Just say "No"
You will receive invitations to all sorts of things, and often not all of them sound like fun. Ignore the little voice in your head telling you that you "should" attend everything and just pick what works for you. Make time when it's less busy to catch up with people you feel like you may miss out on by not attending. Chances are the time you do catch up will be quality, more personal time without all the pressures of being around so many other people.
5. Reach out to your community
The holidays can be very lonely for many people. If you find yourself alone at the holidays reach out to your local community. Perhaps invite your neighbor over for a cup of tea or take them some of the cookies you made. Volunteering is also a great way of meeting new people!
6. Allow Imperfections
No one is perfect and neither should your holiday be. If the table setting doesn't look like something out of Vogue no-one will mind. If a present isn't what you had in mind, it can always be exchanged. If the mirror in your bathroom doesn't get a chance to cleaned it's all fine. The most important thing is to:
7. Enjoy yourself
Make this holiday season about you! If you enjoy large gatherings and lots of parties -go ahead and indulge. If you prefer to stay in and binge watch your favorite TV show that's up to you. Let go of what doesn't serve you and enjoy the person looking back at you in the mirror.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Tiny Needles.
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