‘Tis the season of lights, love, and giving, but amidst all of the to-do lists, interrupted routines, and familial obligations, this time of year can mean more stress than joy for many people.
The imbalances that are already present in regular everyday life are accentuated and the added disruption of the holidays can make even those with the best intentions downright desperate for life to ease up and flow more smoothly.
Truthfully, it’s not just the holidays that bring people to the edge.
Chronic busyness creates periodic bouts of extreme stress that punctuate most people’s lives at frequent intervals throughout the year.
When you live your life as a chronically busy person, without leaving room for rest, reflection, and introspection, you put yourself at much higher risk for burnout, depression, insomnia, weight-gain, hypertension, digestive trouble, and a host of other issues.
Too many people spend their days running from one task to another, exhausting themselves so much that when they do have free time they don’t have the energy to do anything but browse the web or watch television mindlessly.
This isn’t just a problem for your own personal wellbeing, it’s also a problem for those around you.
If you find that you are constantly worrying about your to-do lists, jumping from one task to the next without pause, it means that you are using up your vital resources without allowing your body to replenish itself.
When you live like this, you aren’t just endangering your own health, you’re inhibiting your ability to truly thrive and be there for the ones you love over the long-term.
This year, the biggest gift you can give is self-care.
“Self-care is a divine responsibility”-Danielle LaPorte
The important thing to realize is that self-care isn’t just a gift for you, though you will enjoy the most direct benefit from it.
Prioritizing self-care will boost your relationships because you will be able to be more present with your loved ones when you interact, it will give you more resources to draw on when they need your help, and will transform you into a living example that inspires them to take responsibility for their own health so they too can learn to thrive.
Self-care doesn’t have to be fancy.
It can be as simple as pausing to breathe before each meal, limiting screen-time, practicing yoga, giving yourself a foot massage, scheduling a weekly acupuncture appointment, or going for regular walks in the woods.
If you are a chronically busy person, self-care might mean scheduling down-time for yourself on weekends to reflect and relax.
No matter how busy you are, you have time to prioritize your needs.
If you don’t think you have the time, it’s time to make some drastic changes in your life. And remember, the world is not on your shoulders. Sometimes self-care means asking for help.
Start now, it’s the only time you have.
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