Holidays bearing down on your sense of enoughness? Is stress mounting? Is loneliness pressing on you? Self-care during the holidays too often goes last on our list.
How about a little self-care during the holidays checklist to ground you? Check every item that applies.
__ Name five things you dig about this time of year. David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” anybody?
__ Reach out to someone who might need a pick-me-up. A postcard or a text is perfect.
__ Assume good intentions of those around you.
__ Listen to music if the voices of gloom boom. I made you a playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6FHKVkcRND2B6nwWhg8ajY.
__ Allow your feelings and thoughts to be seen and greeted like an amazing display of Colorado clouds passing across the sky of your heart and mind.
__ Take one thing off your list that you have no desire to do.
__ Do only what you want for one hour. Following your desires is the best kind of self-care during the holidays.
__ Give the people on your holiday list a personalized donation. Give chickens to your niece through Heifer International, glasses for an American Indian, keep a child from going blind through my friend Howard’s wonderful organization Vitamin Angels. or give to 350.org to fight the climate crisis.
__ Remind yourself that satisfaction and enoughness reside in what you declare is enough; not out there in the ever-expanding hustle and never-ending demands of others.
__ Put your hand on your heart and tell yourself, “I’m doing the best I know how right now.”
May I take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude for our connection. Thank you for allowing me into your life and heart. Thank you for being someone who shows up for herself and the world.
May your holidays be full of the knowledge you are always enough.