Musings by ©Patricia Feager, 12/20/2016
As we come into the home stretch for the holidays, brace yourself for last minute things to do. This is one time of the year when you can take things personally.
Taking Things Personally
Are you getting enough sleep? What about meals? Are you rushing through the day skipping meals or not remembering what you ate or even if you ate a meal? If so, you’re not alone. Nature calls – are you taking enough bathroom breaks or are you making everyone else a higher priority? If you don't take care of yourself, you can't effectively take care of anyone else.
Is your vehicle ready for winter? When was the last time your windshield wipers were checked? How are your tires? Antifreeze? Will you commit to putting gas in your car every time you’re down to a quarter of a tank of gas? Is your heater working? Are you paying attention to the number of miles and do you know what maintenance is due or overdue? Are your windows clean, including rear-view mirrors and taillights? Is your car working effectively and is it safe to drive? Is your driver’s license and auto insurance current? Do you have adequate insurance? When was the last time you sat down and talked to your insurance company? You deserve to receive excellent Customer Service.
Your body needs to run like a well-oiled machine. Stress causes problems. Are you taking time out to take care of you? Are you due for an annual examination for yourself, your eyes, teeth or something else? Happy hours and Wine Down Wednesday are not a prescription for good physical, emotional, financial, or mental health. Relaxing on the couch watch the news is NOT relaxing.
How is your bank account? Do you feel obliged to spend money you don’t have just because it’s the holidays? Anything you buy today that you can’t afford today will not make you feel any better later on. Staying competitive by spending money on things you can’t afford doesn’t help you at all. Think before you spend or press charge. If all you had one one penny, what would you do with it?
Suggestions for the Holiday Blues
Read a good book and hold it in your hands. Feel the pleasure of turning the pages with your fingers. Find something inspiring or enjoyable to read and stay away from drama, tension, murder mysteries, and crazy people, even the ones written about in books. Avoid anxiety!
Abstain from caffeine and sugar. Enjoy the touch, feel and smell of an apple or other fruit and vegetables. Play with your food and make something creative that’s festive. Take your time chewing your food; then go brush your teeth and floss. Go wash out your mouth!
Exercise, eat and sleep well. Play games that stimulate problem-solving and interactive games with family and friends. Put your Cell phone to bed by unplugging it before you retire. If you don’t feel like exercising at the gym or using a treadmill, reach up to the top of your cabinet shelves and rearrange the dishes. You might find useful items you don’t need that you can donate to charity. Giving is better than receiving. Your goal is to receive peace and relaxation and not hang on or acquire more holiday blues.