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Self-Compassion: Taking Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season “Down Time”

compassionGo 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.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
 
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 ideas:
 
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 birds.

2.    Write a letter to honor your 2016 Self.
What would a good friend say about you?

compassion3.    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 commitment.

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 friends. 
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! 

Angela

 

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