It is officially the holiday season and I want you to stop whatever you’re doing and check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Hopeful? Stuck? Stressed or anxious? Are you going through the motions, getting all the things done, without really enjoying the lights or the smell of the tree or the joy on your kids’ faces? Are you worried about upcoming events? Money? Are you tired? Are you dealing with grief or loss?All too often, this season is over-scheduled and full of complicated emotions, and we are left thinly stretched with no time to care for ourselves. Self care can feel like luxury or just one more impossible standard for ourselves that we cannot reach. But, remember how that airplane safety care tells you to place your oxygen mask (over your nose AND mouth, by the way) on yourself FIRST before placing it on others? Taking care of our own needs is vital when caring for others.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring different areas that tend to go by the wayside during the holidays. I’m hoping to give you some tips on how to care for yourself easily without spending extra cash or time, your two most precious resources. If there is something that is particularly stressful for you, reach out! I would love to tailor these more specifically to my community!To start out our series, I’m bringing you 27 teeny tiny ways that you can give yourself some attention throughout the day. These are quick, free, and have many uses. They may not change your life in that instant, but they are guaranteed to provide you with at least 5 minutes of peace. Take a few that resonate with you, put them in your phone, and take them out in those difficult moments. Think of it as your self care arsenal.