The Holidays are a time where we think about everyone else. Our friends, our families, our neighbors, coworkers, even strangers we have never met. We give generously. We want to make others happy. We want to make them feel loved.
All of this is wonderful and really is a lot of what makes the season so special. But have you ever thought about giving yourself a gift? I can tell you now that one of the most deserving people in your life that you neglect every holiday season is you.
So this week I want to share with you 5 gift ideas for yourself.
We all know how precious time can be. We all find ourselves wishing for more hours but don’t forget to clock in some time for you. Find an allotted time if need be! It could be having a little get together with your girlfriends. It could be snooping around the holiday sales. It could be as simple as taking the dog for a walk. Time is there for you if you make it a priority.
Your wants and needs
Make sure this Christmas that you also do the things you want to do. Others wants and needs can only go on for so long until you become frustrated. And guess what, those “others” want to do the things that make you happy too!
Rest to restore
This goes hand in hand with time. Let yourself rest over the holidays. If you are lucky enough to be off work during this time make the most of it. Lie on the couch and binge-watch movies. Take some time to sneak in a walk or sleep in. If you rest now and restore your body over this time, you really will be rewarded in the long run.
Got kids? Maybe this one isn’t as easy. Ha! But peace, contentment, joy, calm… these words really are synonymous with the season, let’s not forget that. Find a day to save with no plans, housebound and eating leftovers. A day when no one has to do anything or be anywhere.
Drop the guilt
Oh, I really want a slice of Christmas cake… I shouldn’t. Oh, I really want a cookie… I shouldn’t. I ate those chocolates…. that bit of cheese…. that eggnog. STOP IT NOW.
This is once a year. Holiday foods are treat foods. We indulge once a year to celebrate. Food and drink isn’t something to fear. If you want, have, but do so without the guilt. Savor, enjoy, celebrate, experience those tastes and flavors with family and friends.
As for the other forms of holiday guilt – forgetting a present/someone not enjoying your gift, not being able to see a loved one or someone who expected you, not having time to bake x, y, or z… the list could go on and on. Remember what the season is meant to be. You wouldn’t want anyone else to feel guilty this year… don’t place it upon yourself.
Now get thinking about what gift you are going to bestow upon yourself this year!