Thank you for taking time to visit our blog. I am sure you are very busy at this time of year, as the holidays approach and schedules fill up with social functions, family get togethers and trips to the mall.
While this time of the year can be very exciting, it can also be a time when people feel overwhelmed by what needs to get done. But does it all NEED to get done? As human beings, we are blessed with the ability to make choices that fit our lives or detract from a sense of overall well being. If you begin to feel overwhelmed and you no longer find joy in what you're doing, it's time to evaluate how you're spending your time. I suggest pondering the following:
1. Prioritize spending quality time with your family. Play board games, play outside, sing holiday carols, or go sledding. Choose an activity that brings the family joy. Your children will not remember all the gifts under the tree as much as they will remember the traditions you begin and continue and the fun activities you did as a family.
2. As much as possible, continue with your usual routines. It's easy for bedtimes to get pushed back and meal times to change (as well as what the meals actually are). It's also tempting to schedule lots of visiting and socializing. While this is a wonderful way to reconnect with family and friends, it can also be taxing on young children (especially if they're visiting homes that are not used to having small children in them!). Be sensitive to your child's needs and remember that nap times are still important as well as all the other rituals that your little one has come to count on.
3. Keep yourself healthy. If you usually go to the gym, keep going! If you walk every day, keep your feet moving. If you've routinely included meditation in your day, protect that time like a mama bear protects her young. When mom and dad are happy, relaxed and feeling joy, so will the children.
4. Feel okay about saying "no". It's okay to set healthy boundaries around visiting (whether in your home or someone else's), outings, or any activity that takes your away from what you would really rather be doing. Saying "yes" when you really want to say "no" inevitably results in a depletion of energy and joy.
5. And above all, live in each moment. Savour this time together with the intention of spreading love, light and joy!
I wish you all a peaceful, restful, and healthy holiday season!
Since the year 2000, Christine Marrin has relished being at home with her two children, Genevieve and Virginia. She has learned far more about life and what is important in those nine years than she ever thought possible. She believes in the power of spiritual parenting and endeavours to live consciously each and every day. For more information on Spiritual Parenting, she can be reached at: 905-868-7010