Here we are at the Christmas holidays. Wow. How can that be? This year went by in a flash. What a wonderful time of the year. We even had snow in Austin in December. Although a joyous time, it can be very stressful. Everyone has so much going on to get ready for the holidays. How do we get it all done? I am going to suggest something completely crazy. What if it doesn’t all have to get done? What would it feel like if you only did what you really want to do? What if you spent time in a way that nourishes your soul? This really isn’t so crazy. Someone very wise once told me that when you say “no” to others, you are saying “yes” to yourself. This does not make you selfish. So to all you wannabe Wonderwomen and Supermen, I must inform you of this. You are human! You can not do it all. You get tired. You need to take care of yourself.
I have a good friend who just told me about her decision to not cook her traditional Christmas day brunch for her large family. She wants a break from this tradition she started many years ago. After she announced this, there was silence, and then someone else in the family volunteered to host the family at their house. Interestingly, everyone offered to bring a dish, something they never did when she hosted. I applauded her choice to be honest, to take care of herself and to stop doing something she no longer enjoys. She was feeling guilty and needed a little encouragement. We all do when we are swimming upstream.
Give yourself permission to take care of yourself in whatever way you choose. If you need a note from your doctor, I will be happy to help. I actually wrote a note for a patient one Christmas saying that she was unable to cook Christmas dinner that year. She posted it in her kitchen and ordered a cooked meal.
As you reflect over the past year, think about what you want to be different next year. Do you want to improve your health? If you are not receiving chiropractic care regularly, that is one of the single best things you can do for body, mind and soul. Maybe you need more sleep, more exercise, better nutrition, or help with mindfulness. You are the one who knows what you need. Listen to that innate, inner wisdom. We’ll talk more about how you can have a healthier New Year in January.
My Christmas wish for you all is that your holidays are joyful, peaceful, and nurture your soul.