An Unexpected Step You Can’t Afford To Miss

Are you ready for Christmas?! (Are you tired of everyone asking you that yet?!)  Ready or not, here it comes! But in the midst of this busy, often chaotic, season….trying to wrap up year-end and prepare for the holidays, I’ve got one simple tip that I want you to be intentional about making time for, so that you truly enjoy yourself this season.

In this busy season of giving, the odds are that you’re so busy giving to everyone else that you’re not making time for yourself. And, while I’m absolutely an advocate for generosity and abundance, I recognize the importance of giving to yourself, too.

I’ll even go as far as to say that you should give to yourself, first. It’s like when you’re on an airplane…it doesn’t take many flights for you to remember that, “in the event of a loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. Please put the oxygen mask on yourself first before assisting another passenger.”

You understand why the airline stewardess advises that, right? If you’ve passed out from a lack of oxygen, you’re not going to do anybody any good.

The same is true in your own life. If you’re not taking time to take care of yourself, you’re going to burn out, pass out, or become generally unbearable, and you’re not going to do anybody else any good.

So, in the midst of the extra stress that’s often created by the holidays (or maybe, because of it)…

Make Time for Yourself

That’s it! Simple…but not easy, right?

Pick your flavor. Take a bubble bath, get a pedicure, find some peace and quiet and read a book. Or go for a run, get out in the field and hunt some birds, or shut yourself in your room and watch the football game, uninterrupted.

I don’t know what it looks like for you, but you know.

What comes to mind first when I ask you to make time for yourself?

(No, not that you can’t do it. What’s the first thing you think of that you’d like to do?)

Write it down, and then schedule it on your calendar for some time in the next week.

Yes, I know there’s only a week until Christmas…but won’t you be in a better state of mind to enjoy it when you’ve put your own oxygen mask on, first?

Then stay tuned because next week, I’ll share with you the single most important factor in determining your success and happiness. (It’s perfect for winter break, but required year-round!)

To putting the oxygen mask on yourself, first…

Angela

P.S. Although this is timely for this holiday season, it’s a practice I encourage you to make year-round. Start now and make it an intentional habit!

 

 

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