Mm, the most wonderful time of the year.
The time with the most cheer and the happiest celebrations. And a lot of them: epic gatherings, parties, the best goodies, heart-lifting times spent with family and friends. The truth is this: it’s a high energy and high output time, no matter what life season you’re in. The end of one year and beginning of a next. The holidays. Working hard to take some time away. It’s a whir of all of it.
So let’s talk about the reality of it too: Because with it, there are also a lot of other things that can come with it too: lots of emotion, memories, feelings, overwhelm, expectations & a busyness that sometimes teeters on not just the good kind.
But is it just me? Blame my emotional weepies over Mr. One-Year-Old (ahhh!), blame my mush-brain- book-launch state of mind, but something about the holiday season can feel like whoa. Even for someone who’s all about simplicity and not caring too much about other people’s expectations of me (see more on this post I did here on that this week).
This time of year is full of the entire range of feelings for me.
I know I can’t be the only one.
It’s why this time of year is as important as ever– maybe even more– to check in. To intentionally choose how you’re using your time. To reconnect with how you’re really doing, how you’re actually feeling, inside and out. And find the right places to say no. To step back and protect your heart, energy, and time in this season that can become quick moving and hectic very, very easily.
So that’s where self care comes in: caring for your inner world, even though the outer world is speeding by. It’s not just a buzzword or trendy pinterest topic. It’s a life giver, and sustainer. To catch ourselves before we get too far wrapped up in things that don’t matter. Living a healthy life that’s sustainable requires it, and in small ways daily, not just grand gestures from time to time.
So now, more than ever, it’s important. Here’s how I’m currently practicing it during this season, if you want to take any and do the same in your own life!