Go back and take care of yourself. Your body
needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering
needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things.
Happy Holidays! As the year winds down, my hope
is that you find ways to thank yourself for ALL that you do on a daily basis.
You've worked SO hard this year and you give so much of yourselves to benefit
others. You've held so much pain with the individuals you serve. You
worked with some pretty difficult client presentations.
Carve out some time to be good to yourself
during this holiday season. We often feel the urge to use holiday down
time to manage client medical charts, write
journal articles or book chapters, or to get a head start on new projects.
Take some time to soothe yourself. Show yourself some kindness or compassion. Celebrate
yourself! Use the quiet moments to align with yourself so you can be your most
effective self for the work and service to come in 2017.
Looking for some ways to self-soothe? Here are 8
1. Go for a walk.
Take photos of nature. Notice the beautiful shapes
of trees, rustling of leaves and branches in the breeze, and the symphony among
2. Write a letter to honor your 2016 Self.
What would a good friend say
3. Try something new!
Be a “tourist” in your own city or drive around
to notice sights that you might speed past every day.
4. Move your body.
Many exercise, dance, and yoga studios have "new member
deals" where you can squeeze in a few visits at a low cost with no long-term
5. Use home scents.
Such as oils,
incense, candles, scented branches or pine cones that ignite good feelings about the holidays.
6. Create a soundtrack
that reminds you of the holidays or a happy time in your life.
I love listening
to a soundtrack that reminds me of the good ol’ days in college :)
7. Cook with family or
Add a game night! ;)
8. Be mindful and quiet your mind.
Use your mindfulness
skills or plunge into meditation practice. There are many apps, including Head
Space and Insight Timer (has guided and non-guided meditation).
Wishing you and all of your loved ones a happy,
peaceful, and joyful holiday season!