Don’t Forget Self-Care
Hopefully you are making headway with all of the shopping and holiday preparations, which means giving has definitely been on your mind. So here is that reminder that in the midst of all of this you need to ask, “How am I taking care of Myself?” I realize this isn’t a “new” topic, but perhaps even more important in the chaos all around us this time of year. It can actually enhance your experience of celebrations when you take a few minutes for yourself.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Another way to think about this is awareness and acceptance of what is taking place in the present moment. Zero to Three – a leading advocacy organization for mental health for children ages birth to three and their families suggests the following:
This kind of awareness means we are purposefully paying attention to what is happening around us, what is happening inside us, what we are doing, and how we are doing and feeling without judging or analyzing. Zero to Three
What is happening inside us is literally about any sensations we are experiencing in our body. Tight places, sore places, stiff necks, stomach aches, and the endless “To Do” list in our head. This is also a time to breathe deeply at least 3 or 4 times per day. Have you paused for 3 breaths at least 3 times today?
Wisdom of the Ages, Philosophy, Socrates, Buddha, Christianity, Islam, Judaism
Self-care is addressed across all of these sources and belief systems yet somehow; we lose sight of the importance of making time for this. This can mean attention to personal enrichment, the welfare of others, and/or reference to a higher power or God. Our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health all fit into the bigger picture of a holistic life. We need to make it a priority.
Present Moment Awareness and Being
Ultimately any of these practices draw attention away from the pressures and stressors of every day and times of the year like holidays. When you practice self-care, you are making space for your personal wellness. All these practices have been proven to decrease physical disease/illness, cancer, anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses, and overall wellness. You deserve to give these gifts to yourself, so you are even more available to give to those you love and care about.
You are your own best advocate and well worth the time and energy to enhance your daily life.
You deserve this, so give yourself these gifts.