Christmas lights are being hung, nuts are cracking, fruits are dehydrating and the smell of cinnamon is wafting from various warm brews. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
I have always found this time of year to be very interesting; as collectively in western cultures people stop from their usual routine and take the time time out. Activities are mainly focused on spending time with colleagues, friends, family and loved ones. The way we choose to approach this holiday season, is very personal and is largely influenced by religion, culture, your own childhood experiences of Christmas, your family traditions and life events (both difficult and uplifting). What I have learnt from my observations and interactions with others is is that it’s very personal, emotive and no matter which stance you have on it, there is some level of significance of the holiday season on your mental, emotional and physical health. I'm inviting you to nourish and nurture each of these aspects of yourself during the holiday season.
Whether you have decided to leave the island to spend time with loved ones, to remain on your homeland to celebrate with your friends, family or chosen family. In and amongst the gift exchanges, celebratory meals and opportunities to connect, I hope that you are able to show your body and mind the kind of self-care you know it deserves. Remembering that sometimes we just can’t do it all, buy it all or be at all the events. There may be times when you feel you would rather stay in and hug a mug of herbal tea, or go for a long walk in nature or sit out from a night of drinks and dinner, simply just staying at home. That’s okay, if going & doing is likely to tip you into feeling a little run down, off sorts or has a significant impact on your self-care routine, then I suggest that you also use the opportunity to politely decline. Equally a part of your self-care may be to connect with others and to stave off feelings of being lonely. Whatever you are called to do ask your heart what it wants and listen to your gut instinct, because being honest with what we need is a practice and an important part of your self-care.
I’ve compiled a short list of suggestions for self-care during the holiday season. I hope you feel called to the list when you need it or pick up something new for you:
As a part of my own self-care I will be returning to South Africa, to visit my father and extended paternal and maternal family over the Christmas period. This isn’t my usual Christmas tradition, as I am usually with my siblings and immediate maternal family in the UK. But for a change I will be returning to some of my formative childhood Christmas traditions; slurping on juicy mangoes, dipping my toes in the sand on the beach on Christmas day and making some more lasting family memories. I’m taking the time for myself & my family. Rest-assured I will be keeping up my daily self-care practices because thankfully I can take these with me wherever I go.
What’s on the horizon:
For 2020 I have decided to deliver gut health and self-care workshops. Using this as an opportunity to share information, tips and to provide clients with a space to establish their intentions for their self-care and gut health (as seperate and interlinked practices).
I would love to hear from you about gut health and self-care.
Is there anything in particular you would like support with in relation to self-care and or gut health? Do you have any major obstacles to either of these?
What do you think of as self-care?
What challenges do you have when it comes to self-care?
How often do you think you should focus on your self-care?
Would you like more opportunities/space/methods to establish self-care in your life?
Please send me your questions/comments/requests via email as this would be useful.
I wish you a wonderful festive season and a happy new year! I know for some this time of year can be difficult and I ask you to call on your support network at these times. Remembering to also find the time for your self-care amongst all the festivities, as this is absolutely priceless.
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