These simple and essential holiday gifts have a few things in common. Only you can give them to yourself. You can’t buy these gifts and they are available to you year round.
And … even though they are just for you, they are gift to everyone around you too.
3 Simple and Essential Holiday Gifts Just For You
1. The Holiday Pause.
This is one of the most underutilized gifts of all. You have the ability to pause …
- before you respond to someone.
- when you are overwhelmed.
- before you add to cart.
- when you need a little peace.
Here’s how to use The Holiday Pause. Anytime you want, you can pause by taking a few deep breaths. You can pause by listening to your favorite song. You can pause by writing down all of the thoughts that are standing in the way of clarity. You can simply say to yourself and others, “I am going to take a moment.”
2. The Holiday Slow.
If this is the time of year when you typically kick it into high gear, even though you barely have any more gears left, use the gift of The Holiday Slow to dial it back. Embrace this gift of slowing down. Reject the rush to get it all done and make it all perfect. Refuse to compromise your wellness for one more minute by pushing yourself beyond your own healthy limits.
3. The Holiday No.
Use this gift of The Holiday No to say “No Thank You” to anything you aren’t interested in, don’t have time for and feel uncomfortable committing to. Instead of making up a story or giving a long winded explanation about why you can’t, simply say, “No thanks, I’ll be protecting my (time/energy/mental health/sleep/or whatever you are protecting) this weekend.”
You are allowed to protect these things. You saying it out loud will not only reinforce your priorities to you, it may inspire someone else to honor their own priorities too.
As you may have figured out, these gifts aren’t just for the holidays and stressful times. They are for your everyday enjoyment. Keep them in your pocket, your wallet and close to your heart so they are always near by.