Self-Care and Solstice Time
Don’t let your self-care slip! This time of year is easy to put your own needs aside to focus on others. Getting through the holiday parties, events and completing end of year work projects are important but it often means self-care gets pushed to the way side. Prioritize your self-care this winter and take advantage of the shorter days and cooler temperatures to take time for introspection, reflection and going inward.
Read on for ways to honor wintertime and keep YOU focused on YOU.
Take a soul stroll.
Bundle up and take a 10-minute walk outside. Breathe in the fresh air! It will give you a burst of energy and you’ll warm-up faster than you think. Dedicate the walk to thinking about something you desire, a feeling you want to invoke or intention you want to set for yourself.
Make moments mindful.
Choose one day this week to only do one thing at a time. Set a timer to check-in with yourself in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening. Each time your reminder goes off, stop multi-tasking and reset to the most important task to complete. If you weren’t multi-tasking – congratulate yourself!
List your achievements.
Make a list of all the things you have accomplished in your day, week, year, life. Take a minute to reflect on how unique and amazing you are.
Write down your desires.
Take a minute to get in touch with all the things you dream of and desire. Let your ideas flow like crazy and write anything you can think of….big and small. A trip to Paris, a fresh arugula salad, a hot cup of luscious cocoa, a new Lexus 350, etc. Be specific. And, even if you think they are totally unrealistic or unachievable – write it down!
Go on an art date.
When was the last time you went to an art gallery or museum? What about the science center or natural history museum? Take time to go to your favorite museum or gallery and just walk around. Or, wander in nature and appreciate what you see. Take particular note of the beauty and creative qualities you notice.
Revisit your younger self.
Go back and think of what you loved to do when you were young. What were your hobbies? What did you enjoy doing so much you had to be pulled away from the activity? Do you do those things today? If not, why? What would it look like if you incorporate more of those “older” hobbies into your current days? Maybe put a coloring book at your desk and some coloring pens…have a moment of fun on your next work break. Sign up for music lessons, dance classes, or go dirt biking.