Self-care Essentials for the Holiday Season
Yesterday I could do little more than crawl from the bed to the chair and back again. I was bummed because I couldn’t go to the second of my first-ever yoga classes, yet grateful that it was the weekend which meant no time clock.
I spent my sick day doing things that nurtured me, like napping and reading. I found comfort in hot drinks, hot soup, hot medicine, soft tissues and tender loving care.
There was plenty of time to be present to my thoughts. Here are a couple: 1) It has been nearly two years since I had a severe cold (now there is something to be grateful for). 2) Lots and lots of people were out in the shopping trenches, slogging through the cold rain, buying out stores and depleting their bank accounts.
It occurred to me that some of those folks could use a little of the fire-and-hearth comfort I was feeling.
This is the most wonderful time of the year as well as the most self-depleting.
We sacrifice so much of our own needs in order to check tasks off our impossibly-long lists.
And we suffer. In the morning’s early hours, while lying awake trying to breathe, I noticed a friend’s post on Facebook that said she couldn’t sleep for thinking of all the things she had to do before Christmas.
With that in mind, I offer these five quotes in hopes that you find them a helpful reminder to go easy on yourself during this season of love. Please remember to love yourself too!
Please leave a comment about how you make self-care a priority while juggling all your obligations.
B Well & Light,
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Buddha
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. ~ Joseph Campbell
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. ~ Carol Mosely-Braun
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. ~ Anna Quindlen