Self care during the holidays

Hard to believe it’s that time of year again – shopping for the perfect gifts, decorating, cooking and baking, time with loved ones, possibly traveling. And each of these joyous activities gets placed on top of the daily responsibilities of jobs, children, relationships, home maintenance, etc. No pressure there, right? I mean, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

As I’ve grown older, the meaning of the year end holidays has changed. There is more pressure now that I’m an adult, because when I was a kid, things just “happened” – cookies appeared, gifts were magically wrapped, etc. But now we are adults, and it falls to us to make those things just “happen”, and to try to make them seem effortless. It’s a lot of stress. So we need to make sure, especially during this time of year, that we take time for self care.

Self care can look like many things – it can be as simple as taking five minutes every morning and evening to meditate; it can be scheduling that massage you’ve been putting off; it can be starting a gratitude journal, writing something you are grateful for each day and then keeping it for times when you need a little reminder of how rich and grand life really is.

Whatever type of self care resonates with you, be sure to do it!! This is a time when everything and everyone else seems to come first. Put yourself first in some way each day, and you’ll see the holidays as something to be celebrated and cherished instead of something to be endured.

Namaste, and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!