It’s January. This is the time of year when a lot of people start to slow down and feel down. The chaos and bustle of the holidays has quieted down, it’s cold and gray outside, and the next thing we have to look forward to are a few warm days possibly hitting us in March or April. There’s a giant lull here, and most of us start to get anxious and itch for something more.
But guess what – we all just did a LOT. We survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukkah, and New Years. These past few months are always crazy and packed full of stress from all the constant pull for time and finances. We run around like chickens (or turkeys?) with our heads cut off, trying to make everyone happy and get everything done, with every last nerve stretched thin and fragile as spiderweb the whole time. But every year, we power through. And now we’ve survived another one.
So, that being said, I think we all deserve a little breather – don’t you?
Instead of looking at these next few months as idle time to sit around and stew over holiday weight gain or longing the warm weather, how about looking back on everything you just did to get through the last few months. Remember all the energy and strength that you found when you thought you had none left. You’re still standing, and you are a powerhouse!
So, if you feel like you have to “do” something, why not congratulate yourself? Ask yourself what you need, what’s going to make you happy. You don’t have to break the bank or do anything extravagant. Schedule a date night with your significant other, or plan a girls’ night with some friends. Maybe take a day trip on a weekend with the family or just go for a drive on your own. Get your nails done, change your hair color, go for a massage, or buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing for months but everyone missed the hints you were dropping around the holidays.
The bottom line is this: In a few months, it will start getting warmer and the kids will be out of school and you’ll have to start running around again. We have a grace period right now, and I think you ought to use it to take care of yourself. Don’t worry about feeling like you “should” be doing anything in particular. Take advantage of the down time and figure out what you want to do. After all, you just spent the last few months doing for others – you deserve to show yourself a little love, too!.