Tis the season for…shopping, wrapping, baking, parties and tremendous amounts of joy and caroling! Just writing all of that made my heart race a little faster. So much to do! My list is far from complete. How about you?
While I love the holiday season, there is quite a bit of running around and constant “doing” that goes along with it. Often leaving us stressed and just a little bit grumpy. Much of what we do during this season is for others; Family, volunteer work, extra work hours, friends, etc… It’s hard to focus on anything else. But where is the time to relax and focus on our own comfort or personal nurturing?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the season, that we can forget the reasonable methodology of — “Put on your own oxygen mask before putting on your child’s.”
So, in the midst of this season of peppermint scented merriment, I am trying to give myself the gift of personal nourishment. Just a small moment or two each day to nurture my inner and outer self. And I’m hoping I’ll inspire you to create a few minutes for yourself.
The ideas are small, individualized and won’t take up much time. However, things that I find calming may be quite different then what you find comfort in. Giving yourself some quiet time to think about what you might find nurturing is the first step. My suggestion is to grab a piece of paper and a quiet corner to start jotting things down right now. I’m a paper girl through and through. I think and write so much better with a yellow pencil no.2 cradled in my fingers. But if a computer or tablet floats your boat- do it that way. Just don’t skip making the list. Writing it out makes it far more likely that you’ll actually do some of these things.
I sat down to make my list and here is what I came up with:
Warm baths with essential oils and Epson salts.
Give long hugs (Hugging is an art. Practice it).
Using essential oils to calm my nerves when I feel frayed. My favorite is, “Balance” from dOTERRA.
5 minutes of meditation when I can grab it. -In the car while waiting, or in the morning before the kids get up.
Some time to write in my journal. Something I never seem to find the time to do anymore, but I’ve missed it lately.
Get silly with the kids (I sometimes sing pretend “opera” in the mornings when I’m making breakfast and they are hanging out in the kitchen). Whatever makes you giggle..
Spend time reading an old book I love.
Snuggle by the fire with a cup of tea and something delicious (Eat it slowly and savor each bite). With holiday baking that is pretty easy.
Snuggle on the couch with hubby and kids for a holiday movie.
Put classical music on in the car as I’m driving.
And of course… roll my body out. That is another form of meditation for me.
This is a small list of things that take very little time to add into my day, but make a huge impact on my sanity. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, and yes, it takes practice to slow down a bit, but I promise- you are worth it.