Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Holiday Season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Honukah, Kwanza, Festivus, Solstice, or nothing at all, I hope it is the best season ever!
My wish for you is to have a fun, safe, and happy celebration season. I hope you are surrounded by loved ones, indulge, celebrate, and embrace the coming of winter with joy.
As we move closer to the 25th, our stress levels increase. We want to find that perfect gift for everyone on our list as the store stocks diminish by the minute. We have less and less daylight every day as we approach solstice, we prepare meals, plan vacations , wrap gifts, cook food, bake…. it seems to be never-ending. Just remember with all of these added responsibilities that YOU are important as well. Take a minute here and there to relax, reflect, stretch and breathe! Sometimes all we get are these glimpses of ‘me time’, take advantage of them and just breathe. Let your breath remind you that you are important, you are loved, you are needed. These little mini-vacations from the ‘real world’ can do a lot to improve our focus, attention and our sense of well being. Of course I always recommend movement, even if it is just a few poses in the morning or when you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that every little bit helps!
While you are spending so much time thinking about others, (don’t get me wrong, I think that if we all spent a little more time thinking about others, our world would be a better place), but ALSO… think about YOU! Remember, you are important as well. Taking the time to breathe, to get some fresh air, to clear your head, and to move your body, you will be more able to meet the needs of others and it will be less stressful and tiring for you. So at this time of added expectations, whether real or imagined, take that time… even just a minute … for YOU! Make this your gift to yourself, and BREATHE….January will be here before we know it!
Merry Christmas, Honuka, Kwanza, Festivus, Solstice, or whatever season this is for you……. May this be the best one ever for you, and your loved ones.