You may be getting ready for a long holiday break, anticipating the much-needed rest and relaxation, or you may be working yourself to the bone before you take some time off. This may have been a tough year where you lost a close friend or family member, or you fought the good fight when it comes to your own health and well being. You may still be reeling from the recent election results, no matter what side of the fence you were on. You could be battling with the notion that you are not sure what the future holds and the uncertainty is making you nervous. Change is happening all around you whether you are having your first child, getting into a new relationship or making a career change.
The holidays bring out the best and the worst in some of us for no apparent reason than it’s a time that makes us focus on everyone but ourselves. It could be the stress of the season but finding time for contemplation and what they call a little “alone time” might seem impossible but nonetheless necessary. Your holiday wish list should include something for yourself. Your focus and attention may be on what to get the kids, how to take care of a loved one or elder parent, or trying to make time to see all of your friends over the holiday lest you offend someone. Juggling the demands of everyone and everything besides taking time out for you is a bad way to start the New Year.
Creating a little space in all the holiday hustle might seem impossible but might also be the only thing that can save you from yourself. Taking time to recount your blessings seems like a given when it comes to how you spend your time with friends and family. But do you really spend time alone thinking about all you’ve accomplished and all that you’d like to accomplish in the coming year?
Maybe this is an exercise best done when you are alone with your thoughts vs. trying to one up the next person around the dinner table. Having some time alone or creating small breaks between errands allows you to be quiet and focus on what is working and not working in your life in order to help you devise a plan in the New Year.
You are not neglecting your holiday duties if you take time for yourself in all of the buzz and jingle of the season. Maybe the biggest gift you can give yourself in the New Year is the gift of clarity and focus. Staying calm and clear are the pillars you can lean on when you are not sure what your next move needs to be. Your career success is waiting for you and anything else you desire for that matter. You might as well be in a place of receiving and acceptance for all the good cheer that awaits you now, and in the New Year.
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