The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's that time of year where there is so much going on that is not part of your normal day-to-day routine. The holidays seem to create extra activities. Shopping, baking, Christmas programs and getting together with friends and family are perhaps high on your “to do” list. All of this “extra” can be stressful at times. It is easy to get caught up in the rushing around and stress at this time of year.
The holidays are meant to be a time of gratitude, love, joy and peace. During this time, it is more important that ever, to take good care of you! If you are stressed about finding the “perfect gift” or what you are going to cook for your family get-together, you will miss the gifts of the season.
Let’s look at what you can do to help YOU receive all the beautiful gifts of the season. Can you commit to less and not over promise? Is it critical to make and decorate the perfect cookies? Can you love yourself enough to say “no” to something you really don’t want to participate in?
Even though you may be especially busy doing all the “extra” right now, practice self-love by scheduling time to do something for you. Walk in nature, even if it is just walking around your block for 30 minutes. Turn your phone off and just “be”. Make a cup of tea and put your feet up and rest for 20 minutes.
When you do what is right for you, it is right for everyone around you! Taking care of you, especially at this time of year, is not being selfish. It is a gift that you give to yourself as well as everyone else!
When you do what is right for you, it is right for everyone around you.
Take a moment to look at what you have scheduled from today through the end of the year. Do you feel anxious or stressed about how you are going to get everything done? Is it making you lose sleep at night thinking about everything? Are you feeling a little overwhelmed?
Look at where you can lighten your schedule by reconsidering what you were planning to do. Maybe you can make a simple recipe to take to your friend’s party rather than a complicated recipe you have never made before. Instead of making ten different cookies to share with all your neighbors, make a couple of your favorites for them.
Can you slow down enough to share the gifts of YOU? You are a source of many special gifts that can be shared with others. When you hear that you have gifts, many of you think about what you can’t do. You think “I’m not creative.” You don’t have to create anything unless you want to. You being YOU is a gift!!
I believe that most people truly prefer the gift of you over anything material. Spend some time with someone who is home bound. Share your smile and a hug with them and watch what happens. Take time to write a handwritten note to someone telling them how much they mean to you. Call someone who would love to hear your voice. Visualize someone in your mind and send them love. They will feel that love on some level of their being!
When you share your gifts, it opens you up to receive the beautiful gifts of the season. What a wonderful way to give and receive gifts. Doing this may help you start a new tradition of giving the gift of YOU!
No matter how you celebrate the holidays, it is up to you how you choose to do so. You can be stressed rushing everywhere, anxious about how things will turn out, or you can slow down and enjoy this special time of the year. It would be a shame to miss the gifts in each moment. What can you do for YOU so that you don’t miss out on the beautiful gifts of the season?
I am grateful for the gift of each one of you. Thank you for the gift of YOU. Wishing you all the blessings and gifts of the season . . . joy, peace and especially love.
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