You know the time of year and you know how you feel about it. What I am not going to say is what is obvious about the expectations and demands of the season.
However, I just want to focus on you and take the time to remind you, to take care of you.
There is a new mantra out there sadly and it goes like this –
“I’m too busy!” Are you really too busy to take care of yourself?
This ‘too busy’ syndrome is causing stress and you know where that is going, overtime, down the road to illness. It’s the reason I created my Just Pause business. It started out because I knew I needed to hit the pause button and re-evaluate my own life or hit rock bottom instead.
Hitting the pause button regularly will save you time, energy and it might save you money. Especially, in the coming days, stop and think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
Who honestly needs more things? Now, I love giving and I love nice things, but rethinking buying another scarf for someone might be in order and suggesting having lunch somewhere really nice might be more meaningful? It’s only a suggestion.
The myth of more is simply that, a myth where we think we’ll be happier when we get more stuff. Or, we think we need to give more stuff to make someone else happier.
I say, let’s lead by example. I’ve reached a pivotal place in my life where I value great experiences more than things.
Pausing and asking myself often, “do I need this?” before purchasing another pair of shoes or yoga outfit, has served me well and guess what, I feel sometimes more satisfied after making that decision.
So, over the coming weeks, you too can ask this question, before going crazy on shopping and agreeing to over extending yourself with too many exhausting social gatherings.
Your time is precious and you can never buy it back, so use it wisely.
Say ‘no’ to what you really don’t want to do, so you can say a resounding YES to what you do want to do.
How many people do you know who get sick over the holidays, when they stop the constant juggling of work and family, ending up in bed. It’s not fun and it doesn’t have to be that way.
Don’t let your habits of exercise, yoga and meditation subside at this time of year, you need to maintain those practises more than ever to keep you feeling whole and centred.
Make a decision to take time for yourself and don’t feel one bit of guilt about it.
Go outdoors for a walk, wrap up and enjoy the scenery, take it in. It’s free and so valuable.
Try to go to bed at least three times a week and be asleep before 10pm. According to the Ayurveda, the ancient medicine system of India, every hour in bed before midnight equates to two hours after midnight. Your energy levels will soar and they don’t need to be consecutive nights.
I want to leave you with this reminder – knowing all of the above is one thing, putting it into practise is the only thing that will make a difference.
So, commit to yourself to take care of you. Your family and friends will thank you. Be a leader in your world and let us show the children we love, that it’s not the ‘stuff’ that matters but the experience of togetherness and spending quality time in appreciation that fills us up.
Fill your cup and savour it.