noun sanc·tu·ary \ˈsaŋ(k)-chə-ˌwer-ē\
: a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter
The cold weather is setting in. The holiday season approaches. Here comes the stress, stress, stress. You know what you need? Sanctuary. While this word might bring up illusions of faraway, tranquil beaches, don't discount your ability to create stillness from within, as this is infinitely more accessible (though if you have a beach getaway booked, good for you).
Here are five a few tips to prioritize your own well-being this holiday season:
- Get quiet. We live a rushed, over-stimulated lifestyle, often exacerbated during the holidays. Time alone is important: create it for yourself. Take a walk, drive in silence, or crawl into bed early. Get a few moments of peace.
- Allow yourself to feel what you feel. You might get down, jealous, defensive, or experience any number of uncomfortable emotions. Remember: what you resist, persists. Sit with what you’re feeling, send yourself some compassion, and let it move up and out.
- Surround yourself with positive, loving people. Carve out some extra time for the people who make you feel good about yourself. In addition, make sure you are playing that role for others. Find positive people…and be a positive person.
- Unplug. Yeah. It’s hard. It will be ok. Get away from the screen, from your phone, and everyone’s fake-perfect-Facebook life. Reconnect with what’s around you and what’s inside you. Breathe.
- Pamper yourself. Start with hot cocoa (see below).