Photo by Ben White
Do you feel tired and overwhelmed during the holidays? Do you desire more joy and peace this season?
For many years, I expected my holidays to be perfect. I wanted my calendar to be full of holiday activities and commitments. I thought being busy would achieve my high expectations (yes, perfectionism!). I feared I would miss out and disappoint others by not participating.
Trying to make everything absolutely perfect was exhausting, frustrating, and didn’t leave time for enjoyment. I was tired, overwhelmed, and unable to experience the joy and peace I really desired. Now, I’m learning how to practice self-care that meets my needs.
It’s important to decide what YOU need to do for yourself. You can make the right choices because you deserve self-care. You are worth it!
Here are 3 of my favorite tips to help you:
- Maintain realistic expectations. The higher you set your expectations, the more disappointed you will feel when they aren’t met. How many commitments do you want to make? What is reasonable for you and your season of life?
- Schedule quiet time. Listen to what your mind and body are telling you. Prioritize the things you absolutely must get done, then plan time for restful activities. How much downtime do you need each day to recharge your batteries?
- Focus on being present. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, find a quiet place to sit and be present. How can you be mindful of the gift of today? What are you grateful for?
What can you do differently this holiday season?
Remember to catch your breath. Intentional deep breathing in and out is a foundation for relaxing and reducing stress.
Choose a holiday intention. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and focus on what’s in your heart. Write your intention on a card and post where you will see it every morning.
For a great resource, download my worksheet, “How To Practice Self-Care…Today”. Use the worksheet to monitor your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self-care practices and see what happens!