Having just come off a big holiday, Thanksgiving and staring straight into the eyes of another, it really serves me to know how to take the best possible care of myself. I love the planning of holidays, the preparation, the celebration . . . and then out of nowhere, it all feels like too much! There is no blame to cast. It’s no one’s fault. It is just what happens for me in the midst of continual activity: there are too many claims on my focus.
I remember when I first started meditating, I didn’t prioritize it in busy times. It was the first thing I dropped when life got busy. I gave myself permission to stop focusing on my health–physically and emotionally. By the end of the holidays (or any busy time), I would be hanging on by a thread, energetically speaking. And then, worst of all, my treasured holidays would be overshadowed by exhaustion and feelings of failure.
I know better now. I have had to learn how to deal with this. I love every meaningful part of being together with all of my loved ones, but I also love my simple routine of self-care. I depend on my daily rituals, especially meditation, as an anchor in my life. It keeps my focus clear and I can balance social and private time, and then enjoy both parts to the fullest .To bring clarity and peace to my life, I need to keep my energy levels high. This is the gift I have given myself through my self-care practices. Because of that, life runs much more smoothly now.
The practices below keep me present in my life, under all circumstances.
Meditation practice: No matter how late I stay out or how early I have to get up, I always go to my meditation space. Sometimes this means I have to wake up extra early, but no matter what, I make it happen. It is my lifeline. Regardless of what the day brings, it holds me steady in my life.
Nature: I go for a hike outdoors almost every day. This is one of the most revitalizing practices I have. When my world starts feeling small or anxiety comes up, I step outside. This helps me shift negativity. When I’m outside, it’s easier to relate to all the possibilities instead of all the obstacles.
Dance: I love to dance. It offers my spirit the chance to feel free. Doing something fun and breaking a sweat can be a shortcut to clearer focus.
Sleep: I do whatever it takes to get as much sleep as I can and to make sure that it is deep, nourishing sleep. On busy days, cut back on time in front of the television or time doing chores—do not skimp on sleep!
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