Taking time for YOU during the Holidays

December 17, 2019 9:14 am

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Every year around the holidays we’re reminded that it’s a time for us to put others before ourselves. But many of us tend to take that to an extreme and often put even our most basic needs, like exercise and sleep, to the side for the season. While it is important to always think of others’ needs as well as our own, we can’t forget that we aren’t able to fulfill anyone else’s needs if we ourselves are empty inside.

It’s important to give and do these good deeds from a place of happiness. Doing for others and giving to others really does make you happy. However, if You have neglected your needs so much that you are running on empty, the joy in giving to others shifts from a place of happiness, to a place that may breed resentment. This doesn’t mean that those that you are giving to have done anything wrong; but rather that you can equate yourself giving them something that you are not giving to yourself, almost as if you are not worthy or your needs don’t matter.

Your health and happiness should always be a priority, even during a busy season in your life, whether that’s the holidays or any other busy time in your year. Remember, it doesn’t take hours that you feel you don’t have to keep yourself happy and healthy. That happiness may come from an impromptu walk or a trip to a favorite craft store for time to just browse and get away from the craziness of life.

Happiness may be listening to your favorite music while driving to visit relatives or taking yourself on a date to your favorite coffee shop or restaurant. Taking just 5-10 minutes scattered throughout your day can make a massive difference in your mood and mindset. Whether it be 5-10 minutes of meditation, silence, stillness, or fun, take that time for yourself to regroup so that you can continue throughout your day healthy and happy.

Our bodies and minds speak to us if we listen. When you feel yourself needing time to refuel ask yourself what you need in that moment. You will be surprised at the answers your body will give you when you take the time to ask it a question. Small shifts make for major changes.

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