For many of us Moms, the holiday season means stress, chaos, and BUSYness. We put so much pressure on ourself- looking for the right gifts, did I forget anyone? Did I get enough/too much? Holiday cards, parties, foods… where we tend to lose our SELF. We put ourself on the bottom of our to do list, where we need to be at the top in order to restore energy for us to DO. Why are we so reluctant to take time for ourself without judgement or guilt? Why do we act like such martyrs? I was just reading a blog by Lissa Rankin, entitled “Are you addicted to busyness?” which talks about how we are always commenting about how busy we are, and when we are not, we often look to fill our time. Lulls in schedules are the universes way of telling you to chill! So, I ask you, challenge you to give yourself the gift of YOU time without judgment. Practice mindfulness and be present in the moment, without judgment, being aware of how you feel. If thoughts come into your mind, guilt or to do lists, let them come in and go out of your consciousness. If they won’t go out, try to write them down, so you can let them go for a few moments. It is such a gift of restoration, perspective and energy!
A great way to gain perspective for the holidays is to give back to the community, be it local or global. Check out the Huffington Post article on “Charity ideas that make an impact.” There is something very freeing and lifting about giving, not stuff, but time or resources. Want to give friends/family something? Try something home made like a CD/playlist, coupon book of favors, a meal, babysitting, or a mommy survival kit. Or get crafty- One of my all time, favorite gifts is a distressed, painted mirror my friend Holly gave me that she made with old barn board and the leftover paint from my kitchen/living room. GIve a gift of health: yoga class card, personal training package , nutrition package, or a local trail guide. Other charity gift ideas: American Cancer Society, Mercy Housing, Make A Wish, Heifer International.