The holidays are over and it’s back to reality. Kids are back in school and business hours are back to the usual. The holiday season can be extremely stressful and I know there are lots of people who welcome back their regular routine. However, for some people the holiday season can be relaxing and a welcome break from the busyness of daily life. I know so many people, professionally and personally, for whom the holidays have been a crash and burn time. They go, go, go all throughout the year and crash over holidays, sometimes getting sick and finding themselves unable to enjoy the season. For those of you who have enjoyed the break and have had a chance to slow down and catch your breath my question is, how can you carry this over to everyday life?
Whatever your down time looked like over the holidays, is a good indicator of what your down time should look like on a regular basis. Maybe that means curling up with a good book, watching favourite movies, or getting active outside on the ski hill or skating rink. While regular life might not give you the set time to do these activities, it’s about making time.
It’s really about choosing to prioritize yourself. I get that this idea can seem selfish, but what about self-preservation? If we aren’t looking after ourselves and meeting our needs, how the heck are we supposed to look after anyone else?! It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race, but we need to remember what we are racing for. If we are always running and not able to enjoy our day to day life, something has to give.
As I mentioned last week, this is a great time to set the tone for 2016 and a part of that might be carrying over the self-care from the holidays into regular life. Just imagine what can be accomplished if you are consistently recharging your tank, rather than pushing yourself until burnout. World domination!