There’s no doubt about it, we’re in the thick of the holiday season right now.
Decorations are everywhere, retailers are pushing their goods, and the party season is in full swing.
I admit that while I love the holidays, it can be a bit overwhelming at times.
So many activities and so little time to reflect on what is important because it sure as heck, isn’t the bright new shiny object we covet.
At this time of year, I work hard to “stay the course” and remember to be grateful and not take for granted all that I have in my life. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what with the hectic pace that we must manage.
Here’s what I do to stay spiritually “safe” during the holidays”
Maintain my daily meditation practice. If there was ever a time to make certain to maintain (or start) a meditation practice, it’s right now! Five minutes when you can sit quietly, breathe, and reflect can go a long way to helping you stay calm and centered. It doesn’t have to be longer than that, but if you have the time and inclination, a lengthier meditation practice can be beneficial. I find that two, 5-minute sessions work very well.
Make time for self-care. Everyone defines self-care differently, and that’s the main point – do what feels good for you. That can mean a manicure, time with friends, going out for a run, or just about anything that feels a bit self-indulgent and you’re doing it just for you. (I am purposely keeping the meditation practice separate although it can certainly fall under the category of self-care).
Eat nutritious meals. With the running around, we tend to skip meals or grab and go and what we grab is often not the least bit nutritious. Make it a point to maintain a healthy diet especially when you are expending lots of energy.
Get adequate sleep. That might sound ridiculous especially going at the pace required for the holidays but getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep per night will help you stay healthy both physically and mentally. Anything less and you may find yourself feeling burned out.
Step back and decide if everything you are doing is necessary. Do the cookies have to be homemade? Do you have to wrap every gift; after all, wrapping paper is wasteful. Holiday meals can be catered, and brunch can substitute for the big dinner. I can go on and on, but you get the idea!
Take back some time and you’ll find that you also take back more joy.
And isn’t joy what we’re supposed to be feeling.