I knew that somewhere along this blog series, what with the busy nature of the season, that we would likely need a day off. Today was that day! Sam and I rarely get a chance to sleep in, let alone run around and do as we please for a full 12 hours! It was nothing fancy, but it was totally fun and relaxing. It started off with a late lunch where Sam doodled birds on the paper tablecloth, followed by a leisurely wander around Square One (a huge shopping mall) with a couple of fresh green juices in hand. (We even purchased a lottery ticket and laughed about what we would do if we actually won!) Then we took in a holiday movie at our local cheapie theatre, and eventually made it back home for a late night fry up of eggs, chicken bacon, and potato wedges — with mixed fruit for dessert. The evening finally came to a festive close just after midnight, with the opening of a few special gifts.
We can all easily get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the season, as well as the errands, the visiting with friends and family, the late nights, and all the expectations (self-imposed and otherwise). Sometimes, in the middle of the vortex of “should” and “have to,” it’s healthy for us to unplug and forget our over-prescribed, super planned-out agenda for just one day — and simply see where the hours take us. Chances are we will wake up calmer and more refreshed the next day, ready to get back at it with renewed enthusiasm.
When we feel calm, well-rested and in control of our schedules, we are also more likely to make better choices in terms of what we eat and how we deal with others — two every day situations which can easily become overwhelming if holiday stress, lack of sleep, unresolved baggage, and unchecked emotions are allowed to run amok. Make sure to take a few moments each day to check-in with yourself and see where you’re at. Are you getting sufficient sleep and/or rest? Are you eating nutritious, well thought out meals and snacks? Are you moving and/or exercising your body enough? Are you dealing with conflicts and/or differences of opinion appropriately?
Taking the time to monitor ourselves, and to recharge our batteries as needed, is the best gift we can give ourselves — particularly during the busy holiday season!
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“Untitled” courtesy of Daniel Hsia