Sunday, December 04, 2005

Don't Forget to Give to Yourself


During this time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, social engagements, and the like. While it is better to give than to receive, it's important to remember to fill yourself first. How can you give if you're running on empty?

My friends think I'm crazy because I tend to slow down during this time of the year. Now that I am not working full-time, I even have more time to relax. Read on for a couple of ways to keep yourself from keeping too worked up during this busy season!

1. Buy yourself a gift. Nothing brings me more joy than finding that perfect gift, whether it be for my parents, friends, or others. But I have to always keep in mind that the most important person I have to please is the one in the mirror. So in the midst of my holiday shopping (which I try to do throughout the year), I make sure that I get myself something, too. It doesn't have to be expensive, but whatever it is, make sure it is a total indulgence.

2. Take lots of baths. One of the best forms of relaxation is a hot bath. Light some candles, break out your bubble bath, and get ready to totally indulge. After a long day of work, shopping, and parties, this tried-and-true method for winding down really helps you sleep better at night. Don't forget a terry cloth robe, facial, and warm tea bags for your eyes.

3. Lots and lots of deep breathing. For thousands of years, deep breathing has been touted by Zen masters as a way to get in touch with your inner self. Over the past 20 years, the best of Eastern philosophy has made its way into Western mainstream culture. Yoga studios and meditation classes are available everywhere. Take advantage!

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