holiday self care

Here we are on Christmas Eve.

In all the bustle of the season, have you forgotten about your own self care?  Did you spend more time in the social world than you felt comfortable with, and spent your sleeping hours reeling from the experience, unable to rest?  Have you spent hour after hour with cooking, cleaning, shopping and wrapping, giving up the time you needed to be your best self?

Self care is vital for your own mental and physical wellbeing.  Yes, the holidays can be overwhelmingly busy, but you still have the power to say no.  Say no to the social engagements that do not serve you well.  Say no to the purchasing of gifts for people you may only see once or twice a year.  Give gifts of experiences that extend beyond the physical gift on that one day of the year.  Buy your holiday baking.  Seek out a restaurant that you can purchase the holiday meal from, or have guests all bring a dish along and spread the load and the enjoyment.

Take time for you.  Go see a movie that you want to see by yourself.  Grab a book and sit in a quaint coffeeshop with a tea or a latte and enjoy the alone time while you read or watch people as they go about their own day.  Take a bath, paint your nails, meditate or pray.  Do whatever feels right for you to recharge your own soul.

Christmas is one day of the year.  There are 364 other days that really are all the same, if we as a society hadn’t created such a demand for this particular calendar date.

Take good care of yourself.

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