The Holiday Season is in full swing! In less than 2 weeks we’ll be celebrating Christmas! Seriously, where has this year gone? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been planning, shopping (online and in-person), wrapping, mailing, and prepping. Yes, it’s true, this is the “season of giving”. Unfortunately, all this giving and preparing can take a toll on you, if you forget to remember yourself in the process.
Don’t forget to give to yourself during this “season of giving”. To help you do just that I’d like to share 5 easy ways to give to yourself during the holidays:
1. Take Time
Find at least 5-10 minutes each day where you can simply relax. Don’t do any work, don’t make any lists – even if you just stare at the wall – take those minutes to breathe and sit in peace. If you’re a night owl like me with a munchkin or two (or more), you’ll probably find that time somewhere in between their bedtime and your bedtime. If you’re a morning person, you may decide to get up a little earlier to have time to yourself before everyone wakes up. Do whatever you need to do, but find that time for yourself. You deserve daily moments of peace and calm
2. Start a New Devotional
Personally, I love checking out the YouVersion
app to see what new devotionals they have to offer. I love the fact that there are so many devotionals to choose from and they come in a variety of lengths as well. There are devotionals lasting as long as 30 days and as short as 3 days. I can find a plan that speaks to whatever I’m needing and I don’t have to feel overwhelmed by a lengthy program.
3. Just Say “No”
We already agree that this is the season of giving, but this is also the season of activities. There are parties, get togethers, plays, programs – you name it! If you’re not careful, you’ll fill up every weekend and some weeknights with a full schedule of events. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself at events that you wish you’d declined to attend. So, I encourage you – Don’t be afraid to say “No”. You don’t have to attend every event, and you don’t have to have something else to do in order to say “No”. Don’t run yourself ragged trying to please everyone who wants you to be their guest.
4. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Try not to stress yourself out over the holidays. If you want that extra Christmas cookie – EAT IT! If you miss a day or two at the gym, resolve to workout harder at your next session. Don’t beat yourself up over the little things. Do what you need to do, and if you fall short, give yourself the opportunity to regroup and realign. You’re not letting yourself off the hook, you’re just giving yourself grace. We all need that right?
5. Remember the Reason for the Season
At the risk of sounding too cliche’, I want to encourage you not to forget the true reason for the season. This time isn’t about the presents, gatherings, and mistletoe. Avoid becoming overwhelmed by all the “stuff” and remember that because God loved you so much, He gave His son. This time of year is a wonderful season to be grateful for God’s love and Jesus’ birth.
I hope these five ways to give to yourself are helpful this holiday season. This isn’t a comprehensive list, so feel free to share ways you plan to give to yourself for the holidays.