It’s Thanksgiving Week and Its Time to Remember to Take Care Of Ourselves
I know the traditional view of Thanksgiving is to be grateful for all we have. I agree wholeheartedly with that. But I also know it’s the start of some very busy weeks, and we can’t help each other if we are not taking care of ourselves.
I wrote a post a few weeks ago about starting your “new year’s” resolutions now, there is no need to wait until 2014. That may include exercise, diet changes, reading more, organizing your home, getting more sleep, updating your resume…
We can be pulled in so many directions around the Holidays, it’s easy to not focus inward. It’s not a selfish thing to do, not at all. If we are calm, centered, feeling good, we can do more for others. We will feel less resentful of the demands being asked of us. We will be able to say yes to what we want to do, and feel okay with saying no.
So take some time to do for you. Spray some of your favorite perfume around, get a pedicure, stop and read, clean a closet (yes, that is for you!), gather items for donation (I love starting the new year with a clean slate). Do that fun project (me, I am going to paint Idea Paint on a kitchen cabinet), take dogs for a longer walk, spend a few minutes organizing workspace. Meditate, stretch, sit in the sun, walk in the rain, play your favorite music, anything you love to do, but somehow “don’t find the time”.
Ten or twenty minutes more a day focused on you will actually make the rest of the day run smoother, you will be less stressed, and be able to really enjoy this hectic time. You will discover you have more time, because you will be more focused, more efficient and more in tune with your priorities.
This time won’t take away from your other obligations, but remember, your first obligation is to your own wellness of spirit, body, and mind. Then you can truly be Lithe and Light.