Listening to the way that our culture talks about the holidays, you’d think they are 100% fun and festive for everyone. The truth is, they can also be hard for many people. For some, it can be hard seeing family that they don’t usually see. For others, it can be a lot of togetherness without enough alone time. Holiday meals and food can be a challenge for many people. Holidays may be lonely or bring up difficult memories. They can become a day with high expectations and a focus on taking care of others and/or lots of details. By the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, you may feel like you’ve given and given and you’re left feeling empty. We talk to our clients (and ourselves!) a lot about taking care of themselves so that they can take care of others. We can be a broken record, but we like the metaphor of putting on your own oxygen mask on the airplane before putting on others’. Or, another pertinent metaphor is you can’t pour from an empty cup. By being intentional about self care this holiday weekend, you may feel a little stronger and more available at the end of the festivities.
Your Care Instructions
We like to think about self-care as “Care Instructions” for you. If you buy a new sweater there will be a care label with care instructions: “delicate wash, line dry.” Or a new plant may say “Keep soil moist, partial sunlight.” What would YOUR care instructions read? Anna’s would say: Needs plenty of sleep, needs to be around others, offer daily alone time, feed regularly, does better with regular movement and sunshine. Elizabeth’s are similar with some guided meditation and reading added in.
What would your care label read? What do you need for certain this holiday weekend to feel the best possible, physically and emotionally?
Self care tips to consider: