Even though it’s the season of giving it’s very important to think about yourself as well. I don’t mean in a selfish type of way, but understanding that you still have to take care of yourself during the hectic times can be a life saver.
Let’s not beat around the bush here, it takes plenty of physical and mental energy to run around sardine packed malls and fitting a million things into your day. Your energy is constantly drained and that’s no fun at all.
If you find yourself doing too many things for other people without actually taking some of that time to do the things you want to do then here’s two simple options to try.
Option 1: Learn to say no. Do you constantly say yes to everything, even though you know it’s going to be a pain in the ass? Don’t try to be a hero and work yourself to the bone; it’s okay to say no sometimes. Once you quit saying yes to everybody you’ll find that you would have more time for yourself.
Option 2: No Interruptions. Find a quiet spot where you wont be interrupted by anyone. Relax, read a book or enjoy a cup of tea. The goal here is to have 30 minutes by yourself with no interruptions (turn off that cell phone/blackberry!) if you can do more then, fantastic! But the point is to be by yourself doing something for you. Doing chores and grocery shopping doesn’t count.
You might feel guilty taking time for yourself, but if you don’t take small opportunities to unwind and recover how are you supposed to help other people? It’s not a crime doing something for YOU.