Have you been thinking about it?
The Holidays are here! I can’t believe how fast they have come up on me…but I always seem to feel that way right about now. I seem to waffle between loving them and being overwhelmed with them. I am sure that it has something to do with the situation and/or “hat” – my “wife, mom, coach, teacher, domestic goddess, taxi driver, accountant, organizer” hat – I am wearing at the particular moment that I feel the love or the stress. I think that as a caregiver, it is pretty normal to experience it all, even when it seems magnified during the Holidays.
So, I’ve been thinking about ways that I can consciously live each day during the Holidays and beyond, fully engaged and doing what I want to be doing without fear of being overwhelmed and possible burnout. One of the first things that comes to mind is to find an activity that I can do for myself that pampers me or engages me. Some things that come to mind, without letting myself pass judgement or even start with excuses about why they won’t work are: reading fiction, doing something with yarn, walking, working on my stack of family photos.
Have you thought about what you could do to create some “you” time in your life? The benefits of creating that space for youself are:
- helping you find balance in your life
- doing something that you love, for yourself
- being able to take your ‘caregiver’ hat off and rest
- having that time to just “be”
- recharging your energy and focus
- helping to maintain a positive mental attitude
In the midst of this Holiday season, I hope that you will find some time to start thinking about some ways that you can carve out some “you” time. I am looking forward to finding my yarn and getting started on a project!