You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes, unless you are too busy, then you should sit and meditate for an hour.
This is THE busiest time of the year, there is NO time for everything you have on your list. You probably feel the weight of the world is on your shoulders right now. You are responsible for so much in life and so many rely on you. You have the day to day stuff to contend with: the kids, the house, the job etc., and now you have the added extras of seasonal expectations: the relatives, the shopping, the parties, cooking, cleaning and no end of tiny little details. No time for a meltdown, just get up, put one foot in front of the other and keep going... Right?
The above proverb, gently relays the message. You need to give yourself a break, you cannot do everything. It seems important to uphold all the traditions of the season, but at what cost? When you are stressed to the max, it's unlikely that you will enjoy the festivities that you worked so hard planning and producing. You deserve a holiday as well. It's not about 'getting through it', it's about joy, love and making memories.
Take time for you....
-Maybe a spa day-don't wait to receive it as a gift, go now.
-Go out for coffee with a friend, take your time, savour the flavour.
-Bake some cookies, ask the kids to help, let them decorate.
-Turn up the volume on the Christmas tunes, dance, sing, have fun.
-Sit and meditate for an hour.
"A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life." Christopher Germer