In homes around the world, it is about to get real. December is frenetic with the end of Hanukkah, holiday and end of year parties at work and with friends, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s. And it is hectic even if you don’t celebrate ANY of those things.
Before you start meeting a different group for dinner and gift exchange each night, before you start your elaborate Elf on the Shelf or Advent calendar or Secret Santa or Grinch plans, before you do anything else, I need you to plan for your own upkeep. I need you to really think about your self-care. Because here is the thing, you cannot do anything else for anyone else in any sustained way if you aren’t not doing for yourself first. You can, in fact, give until you give out. And this is the prime time of year where people do that. Then they wake up, spent on January 1st, with a crud that has descended into both lungs (and sometimes it even feels like their feet) and it takes us weeks and weeks if not months and months to recover. Then we feel like we lost the new year and all the momentum it holds and well, hell, we’ll just try again next year. Nope, not this time. This time, this year, I want you bathed daily in a little bit of personal lushness so that you can sustain yourself as you give and give. This year, I really want you tuned into some self-care.
So right now, before you close out this computer screen, I want you to think of one good thing you can do for yourself every single day between now and January 1st, one good thing that will make you feel nurtured or noticed or cared for by you. One good thing that refills your well a little bit every single day. It doesn’t have to take more than ten minutes (but I do suggest at least ten minutes) but it needs to feel really nourishing. If you want to be an overachiever, think of two good things or even three. And then share them here with all of us to create a little inspiration for us and a little accountability for you as you claim your care.
As for me, I am going to claim three daily habits for this month: at least 50 ounces of water daily (ideally more but I want to have a good minimum), at least 10 minutes of reading a day, and daily movement (at least 30 minutes for 5 days a week and a couple shorter bouts are fine for weekend/rest days).
What one good thing will you be doing this month to claim your care and refill your well?