Lately I've noticed that my shoulders are literally up in my ears! The stress and tension of caring for a big family, mixed in with some health scares from someone I love deeply, is enough to make me clench my jaw 24/7 but then add into it the holidays and it's so easy to feel overwhelmed!
So, I took a little of my own advice and made myself a self care list of things I plan on working into my daily schedule. It starts with a quiet moment in the morning and my journal. I write down my Intention for the season. It goes something like this: I am present in the moment of every day and choose to be surprised by joy. I notice all the special moments without rushing to get through my never ending to-do list and I am ok if it doesn't all get done. I remind myself to breathe deeply!
Even the simple task of writing in my journal ten minutes in the morning makes me feel more grounded and ready to experience each day. Carving out a little extra time to do some morning yoga then have a warm cup of tea with lemon is worth waking up the extra 20 minutes. When the days get tough I just remind myself to breathe deeply. Squeezing in a walk in nature and a good nights sleep also does wonders! I've illustrated a few other ideas here too. May your holidays be full of love and blessed with beautiful moments and may we all be able to drop our shoulders and enjoy every moment!