“Dig the well before you are thirsty.” Chinese Proverb
The holiday season is upon us and for many it is a time of family, friends and fun. But for some the holidays are more challenging and highlight loss, loneliness and disappointment. Whether you love the holidays or can’t wait for them to be over, nurturing yourself is the key.
Here are some empowering strategies to support you in navigating the holidays with grace and peace of mind.
1) Start the day out with your most self-nurturing practice.
If you know that exercise, meditation or acknowledging what you are grateful for is your most nurturing practice, choose to begin your day that way. The more filled up you are from the start, the more energy, perspective and patience you will have with what follows!
2) Simplify your holiday experience.
There are many ways to simplify your holidays including choosing not to over commit, being intentional about the invitations you accept, inviting others to help with food at holiday parties you host, simplifying your gift giving by purchasing gift cards or donating to a meaningful cause in someone’s name, and choosing to focus on what is truly important to you.
3) Create time each day for self-reflection.
Nurturing ourselves requires knowing what we need and making supportive choices for our selves. This is important at any time of year, but definitely during the holiday season. Spend some time each day cultivating your self-awareness by journaling, meditating, creating a list of things you appreciate about yourself and your life, and/or just pausing to breathe, connect with yourself and the present moment.
4) Be sure to include play into your holiday experience!
Play is such a powerful self-nurturing strategy. Find ways to release stress and increase joy by being playful and having fun. You can play board games, watch holiday movies, dance, hula-hoop, take a walk, bake your favorite holiday dessert, and/or be creative all in the spirit of playfulness!
5) Set an intention for peace and joy this holiday season!
I believe that intention setting is a powerful tool and can transform our perspective. Choose to cultivate peace and joy by nurturing yourself consistently and embody the true meaning of the holiday season. When you come from a deeply nurtured place you are able to spread more love, kindness and compassion in the world.
So how will you nurture yourself consistently so you are filled up and radiate peace and joy, rather than overwhelm and stress this holiday season?
Please share your ideas in the comments to inspire and encourage others!
May you nurture yourself deeply this holiday season and experience true peace and joy and may you nurture peace in the world from the inside out!
Sending you so much peace, love and gratitude,
Kelley Grimes, M.S.W.
Counselor, Author & Speaker
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