Here we are again, back in the depths of the winter holidays. What this means for a lot of people is extra stress, extra obligations, and less time to themselves.
For the last several years, part of my own personal evolution has included really tuning into what my body is trying to tell me. And for the last several years during this season of extended darkness what my body has been telling me is it needs and craves extra sleep, it needs time away from the increasing busy-ness that crops up in my part of the world during this time.
With the winter solstice just around the corner, this year has been no different. I’ll be honest, I do still have some trouble fully letting go of the guilt I sometimes feel about taking this time for myself, but I also know that if I don’t listen to what my body needs, it’s a pretty sure thing that I’ll end up sick and having to be in bed for 10-12 hours a day (or more) anyway.
What I’ve come to understand is that this is part of my own yearly self care cycle, and I’m doing myself (and thus my family, friends and clients) a disservice if I ignore it.
If you’ve flown on an airplane, you’re probably sure to have heard the safety announcement that should the oxygen masks drop, you need to put on your own mask first before assisting others. Why is that? Because if you can’t breathe, it’s really hard, if not impossible, for you to help others. This is really what self care boils down to – if you’re not taking care of yourself first and foremost, it’s that much harder for you to take care of others.
I had the recent pleasure to interview Transformational Wellness Coach and Yoga Teacher Amy McDonald about How To Incorporate Self Care Into Your Everyday Life. Amy had a lot of wonderful things to share with us including practical tips on how to get started with self care. Listen to or download the full interview here: http://bit.ly/1wkGCAe
May your holiday season be joyous and filled with warmth.