💛How's Your Self-Care This Season, Beauties?💛
The silly season has well and truly arrived...
Now that the prezzies are bought (well, some) and wrapped (again, some)... and the Christmas tree is up (okay, twinkle lights abound around the house; it counts I promise!)...
... what are your plans for self-care this holiday, Beauties?
For many years, I worked as a financial consultant in a high-stress, fast-paced corporate environment that put extreme demands on my time and energy.
Getting all my work done sometimes meant staying up until the wee small hours of the morning finishing up client deliverables, foregoing sleep so I could wake up early and get into the office before my clients did, not connecting socially with friends because I had to complete my to-do list. It was challenging, but I thought it was in my best interest to accept any and all challenges head-on.
At first glance, it seemed like my routine was working. I received positive feedback and was commended on my work ethic. However, after several years of pushing through this level of demand, under the surface, I was struggling. I found myself falling into a cycle of stress and burnout that affected my mental, emotional, and physical health.
The dictionary definition of resilience is focused on the bouncing back, the recovery from setbacks. But when I hear the word resilience now, I think of something else: "How can I actively support myself through life so that I can thrive?" After years of misinterpreting the word, resilience has come to mean supporting my emotional, mental, and physical needs so that I can show up for myself more fully through highs and lows. Think self-love. Self-care.
And now the holidays.
You know I'm all about self-love / self-care / mindfulness and breathwork, Beauties; and especially at this time of year, I'd like to share some thoughts for you to be your best You this holiday season.
Have you heard the term 💛"love tank"💛? It's generally applied to romantic relationships, but I'm thinking this same concept can apply to your relationship with yourself. When you have a full love tank, you feel emotionally connected to yourself... your needs are met... You. Feel. Full. When there is disconnection or a general lack of commitment, your tank is closer to empty.
💛You💛 are the authority on what fills up your tank—what makes you light up and feel energised.
So... what are the self-care rituals that you've set up for yourself that are sustainable and nourishing in the midst of all the silliness and craziness? Your time is being spent on others... on cooking / cleaning / gifts and wrapping / decorating and all-the-things. Where is your You self-care time, Beauties?
I believe that self-care is self-compassion in action. It's about showing yourself kindness... supporting your overall growth... creating a stable foundation to stand on. It's not necessarily the bubble bath you see on Instagram (although that's a pretty luscious and luxurious self-soothing practice to combat temporary anxieties and stresses).
Make a choice, every day, to take a few moments and breathe. Consciously. Choose to walk with mindfulness, with awareness ~ particularly if frazzled, anxious or stressed. Move that gorgeous body of yours in any way that feels best. Sleep... alot... Feast well. Take a break from social media, and read something uplifting.
Ignite delight in your world, Beauties ~ love those you love with your heart wide open. Celebrate every moment of joy... choose to look at your world through new eyes, as if observing and relating to it for the very first time. Feel the vitality coursing through your veins.
From my heart to yours, enjoy everything and everyone in this festive season.
And we'll reconnect in 2021!! 💛
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