Can You Take Time for Yourself This Holiday Season?
I hope this stretch of the holiday season between today and the start of the New Year is good for you. We celebrate Chanukah and Christmas in our home, and since the festival of lights started right after Thanksgiving this year, I feel like it’s been an especially hectic time. It’s inevitable that we end up busier than usual during the holidays. There is just more to do. Coupled with the additional year end or month end crunch of business activities, we add traveling, shopping, parties, decorating, and extra time with friends and family. The way we celebrate can be great, but it’s also exhausting at times.
Celebration and tradition requires some effort. To avoid becoming so overwhelmed and tired that you are unable to enjoy the moments, you also need to put effort into taking care of yourself. Here are a few things you should think about doing this holiday season:
- Spend time meditating
- Get a massage
- Accept imperfection (one burnt side dish won’t ruin someone’s holiday)
- Unplug from technology (try at least 48 hours if you can)
- Treat yourself – don’t feel guilty about spending money on you!
- Prioritize sleep
- Ask for help – you don’t have to prepare everything
- Go on a walk by yourself
- Learn to say “no”
- Time a moment to be grateful for what you have
- Set appropriate expectations
- Allow yourself to lose track of time
So take time for you this season. Incorporating these behaviors into your holiday will allow you to refill your cup and more fully enjoy time with others.