Day #14, Spend Time With Yourself

light_day-14Happy Thursday, and here’s our last day of Light!

We all know that solo time is the first thing to go during the holidays. Family gatherings and parties with friends fill our time. Everyone else’s needs come first, right? But we’ve all heard the saying “You can’t fill a cup from an empty pitcher.” Keeping our pitcher full this time of year can be hard, and filling it can feel selfish. But to move forward into the holiday and be the light, we have to feel full and fulfilled. 

Prompt: Block out 15 minutes for yourself. It might be after work, alone with a few candles lit, or on your lunch break walking outside. Find some space, and reflect on how you can continue bringing more light into your holiday season. Your spirit should be rejuvenated by this time, not drained, so if you’re exhausted try to slow down and figure out why. Love yourself, first.

2 thoughts on “Day #14, Spend Time With Yourself”

  1. Guilty as charged…I always put everyone’s needs before my own. I love that this prompt encourages me to seek out ways to take a little time for myself today.

    This morning, I worked with some great ladies distributing coats to 116 children grades K-5 at the elementary school where I volunteer. This couldn’t have come at a better time. Temperatures here in North Texas will be at a 2 year low dropping into the 20’s at night. The gusty winds make it seem even colder for the little ones standing out at the bus stop in the early morning hours. I grew up in the northeast. I know this isn’t really that cold. However, cold is relative. Many children here do not have the appropriate outerwear for this type of weather. These coats will be such a blessing for these kids.

    With temperatures in the low 30’s today and winds gusting to 30 mph, I can’t seem to shake the chill I am feeling. So when I got home, I treated myself to a huge cup of hot cocoa with a generous shot of Chambord and two marshmallows. This is one of my all time favorites during the winter. If you haven’t given it a try, you should consider doing so. It warms you right up if you know what I mean;)

    I have been generous with my time this month giving back to others. This was day 3 in my giving schedule. While totally enjoying the experiences I have been involved with so far, I am feeling a little physically drained. I have quite a few more activities lined up over the next week or so. Being tired and sore will prevent me from making the most out of the coming days.
    Once again, I am reminded of today’s prompt. So instead of taking a Tylenol PM, I have decided on another route to ease my spirit.

    I am a “shower” girl, but one of the things I have discovered remedies aches, pains and fatigue is to soak in a hot bath before bedtime. I use Dr. Oz’s suggestion for a detox bath remedy. It combines a mixture of Epsom salts and baking soda. I prefer the Eucalyptus and Spearmint Epsom Salts. The baking soda softens my skin and the aroma therapy coupled with the medicinal effects of the Epsom salts relax me and guide me to a restful sleep.

    I plan on treating myself to this little indulgence tonight. I may even play Christmas music softly in the background! Tomorrow, I will awaken rejuvenated and ready to shine my light once more.

    Dr.Oz’s Detox Bath Remedy:
    Combine 1 part baking soda with 2 parts Epsom Salts.

    *I have a big jar next to my tub filled with this mixture; ready to soothe away the day’s stresses.

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  2. As it has been finals week, I can be frank in saying that my own self care has taken a back seat to papers, presentations, and group meetings. Aspects of my day that I normally find comfort in, such as routine, exercise, and knitting, have been lost to me for the past week. Today marked my last day of classes this semester, and although I have one last paper looming, I am confident in my progress thus far. This feeling of “doneness” set the stage for a nice night of laying under fuzzy blankets and eating strawberry Halo Top (yes, it is worth the hype).

    I lay in bed and look at the twinkling white lights in my window, and I hope that in the morning there might be another dusting of snow. I stretch out my legs, and just let myself relax in the ten minutes I have left of time for myself. Tomorrow will be the end to a busy week, and I look forward to reintroducing time for myself back into my daily routine. ❤

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