Thriving during the holidays
ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. The holidays are fast approaching, and I can already hear the steam rolling out of people’s ears as the pressures and stresses of traveling, of family, of making everything perfect starts to pile on. Now don’t get me wrong, holidays should, and I hope they do bring tons of laughter, smiles and merriment. But before you tackle all of that baking and planning and wrapping make sure you consider your own needs this holiday.
I know we all know how stressful the holidays can be, and I know we all know that they can be a great time to see family, but they can also be draining. Let’s be real honest here. Dealing with people in everyday life can be a rollercoaster but dealing with family is a whole other thing. Not every family is perfect and not every family sees eye to eye. But even then, we can come out of this feeling better and whole.
I want you to come out of this holiday season feeling refreshed, feeling filled and loved. AND to get to that place I believe we all need to take a pause before the festivities begin to ask ourselves WHAT DO WE NEED to make that happen? What small things and what time do we need to take to make sure we are in a good place coming into the holidays? Do we need to take an extra long bath the day before a Christmas party? Do we need to still continue our yoga practice or gym routine? My observation with the holidays is I see people drop their usual schedule that has built in self-care time and they negate it all together until the new year, but I am challenging you to keep those small patches of self-worship in your day to day life even through the holidays. The cooking, the planning, the wrapping, the space holding for parties, the decorating, and so many other fine details all pile up and end up draining us when really the holidays should be filling us. I think a reason why they can be so draining is because we lose the times that we usually take for ourselves.
So, prep yourself for this holiday! No matter what your role is in the holidays, take some time to find boundaries that you need or even drop some boundaries that you need too, most likely you need something that I can’t think of, something that is exactly what YOU need. I truly hope these holiday leave you filled to the brim with love, rejoice and happiness. But discover what YOU need this holiday.
These were my thoughts today. Take what you need, leave the rest behind!