Today’s Parenting Tip:
Decide: To let “me-time” give you the energy to keep up with holiday activities.
Practice: Set aside some time for yourself today – don’t say you can’t. It can be just 15 minutes, if it has to be – although it would be better if it were 30 minutes or an hour.
Try working yourself up to that full hour, if you can’t do that much right now.
Do whatever feels good for your 15 minutes. Sit quietly, exercise, read, watch TV, listen to music (or better yet, dance to the music). No Holiday shopping or menu planning!
If you have been ignoring yourself for a long time, you may have to practice not feeling guilty. You may have to re-learn what things you like, before your me-time actually feels good and re-energizes you.
Plan to do me-time on a regular schedule. Put it on your calendar. And, don’t think of it as “down” time. It is definitely a “pump you up” time.
Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by the importance of traditions in children’s lives.
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The Holiday Season is upon us. Thinking about what traditions are important in your family? See Holiday Traditions Revisited.