Yesterday I wrote about getting to know yourself. Today I want to talk about taking care of yourself.
It is officially the HOLIDAY SEASON (insert happy dance here) and on top of your already cramped schedule you will inevitably schmear on an extra thick layer of festivities. Holiday parties are the best/worst thing, every one making merry and light and running themselves ragged. How many times have you woken up on January 1st with little to no memory of the last month? You make a resolution then and there- this year will be different! When New Years rolls around again you will be rested and ready to go back to work. You will take the holidays to relax and restore... but then the invitations come rolling in and before you know it you are five glasses of champagne deep and haven't left the fondue station at your umpteenth party.
BUT I am not here to lecture you on how many parties you should or shouldn't attend. I am simply here to talk about how you can take care of ourself even in the chaos, so that you can be the best you possible amid the tinsel and holly.
- Take time alone- even if you are an extremely social person who doesn't need alone time, take at least five minutes every day to sit and check in with yourself, see where your energy level is at, see what you are actually feeling, and make decisions from that place (rather from the over stimulated place we grow accustomed to this time of year).
- Take a bath- old school I know, but if you have a bathtub it is well worth it. Go get yourself some nice bath salts and have a little soak with candles, a glass of wine and a nice book. It feels so luxurious and costs next to nothing.
- Get SLEEP! I know I sound like a 55 year old mom harping you to get good sleep, but seriously you guys, sleep is connected to WAY more than you realize. You will be more emotionally stable, your digestion will function better, your brain will work better, your skin will look better, your life will feel less chaotic, because you will have the bandwidth to deal with what is happening around you.
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER. You know this. Just do it.
- Eat well- Allow yourself to have treats and don't feel bad about it, but limit them to the parties on the weekends. Eat well and balanced the rest of the week and you will leave this holiday season feeling pretty good about yourself.
- Prioritize- spend time with the people you want, go to the events you want, don't worry about all the things you should do; ain't nobody got time for that shit (feeling guilty is so 2012).
- Treat yourself- get a massage or a mani-pedi. Do something small and nice for yourself that feels luxurious.
- Move your body!- go on a walk, do yoga, go to the gym, dance, whatever, where ever, when ever, do something nurturing for your body. You will feel better about that extra Christmas Cookie (or cocktail) and you will feel more energized (scouts).
- Speak kindness over yourself- It is easy to remove ourselves from ourselves, to eat with abandon, drink and celebrate and never once think about how we will feel in the morning. You will feel terrible, guilty, and ashamed if you aren't careful, so be kind to yourself. If you are going to eat that extra slice of pie, EAT IT AND ENJOY IT! If you wake up hung over, get some water, get some coffee, and some Tylenol and remember the fun that lead to the pain you are in... maybe it wasn't worth it, then again, maybe it was.
- Get Naked!- Ok, this one is a little bit on the awkward side for us Americans who don't know how to feel about nudity. First off, we are all naked under our clothes, so stop feeling ashamed. Second, next time you take a shower take a few minutes to take a good look at your naked form. Admire the curves, the bones, the shape, the color, speak positive things over yourself *NO NEGATIVITY ALLOWED* "I love my eyes", "I love my sternum!" "I have beautiful skin"... Whatever it is, speak that beautiful, positive truth over yourself and live into those words.
Obviously everyone needs different things. Your way of practicing self care will be different than my way of practicing self care. You need different things than I do and that is a beautiful thing. At the end of the day, er post, the point remains- we are busy bees who often get caught up in taking care of EVERYONE else, do yourself a favor and get into the practice of taking care of yourself. It is well worth it- I promise.