Hiya. I don't know about you but my To Do list feels huuuuggge at the moment!
As part of my own personal development over the last few years, I have tried to improve my self-care. Don't worry - I don't mean having a shower or brushing my teeth; I mean putting myself on my To Do list and doing something that will help me to reset and get grounded. I have worked hard at this because, for whatever reason, it doesn't come naturally.
This last fortnight has been particularly busy. As well as the usual organisation and the build up to Christmas which brings 4 am insomnia and a jittery-ness which has become my normal for this time of year , I have been preparing for an exam which unhelpfully is just a week before Christmas.
Reflecting back on the week though, I have just noticed that I have now developed and used [ :) ] some go-to habits - habits that I don't have to put much planning in to but still get the benefits. This might sound daft, but to celebrate my own progress, I wanted to make a note of what has worked for me:
1. Listening to sleep meditation on YouTube
The only planning that I have had to do here is make sure that I put my earphones under my pillow before I go to sleep.
2. 10-20 minute morning meditation
Daily meditation has immeasurable benefits. Even though I know this, daily meditation isn't a habit that I have got yet - far from it. However, when I have woken up with a raging To Do list and a million thoughts racing through my mind, I have sometimes managed to reach for YouTube again for short guided meditations to guide me towards the positive and to clarify focus and I think it has really helped.
3. I've been more honest
What I mean by this is that I have been more honest about when things have felt a bit overwhelming or when I have felt grumpy.
4. Time out with my other half
I've only done this once and it took a little bit more organising in terms of logistics - where to meet and when - but the extent of the plan after that was to have a mooch at the Christmas Markets. We weren't going to buy presents or talk about Christmas and other things that we are behind on; instead we were going to eat German sausage, drink hot chocolate and people-watch! For the 'cost' of 3 hours in which I should have been writing the cards that I still haven't got round to , I felt like I had had a miniature holiday.