a (free) self-care gift guide
This whole year has been a personal challenge for me. I chose to slow down, to not worry about the social media aspect of my life, to not put value on being known by strangers, but instead to know my family better and myself, which is harder than it sounds. However, as this year comes to an end I find myself loving the slow moments, wishing there were more and basking in the small details I'm noticing thanks to my slow pace of life.
As I dwell on this season that begs us to slow down, make time and space for deep thoughts and family memories in the making, I realized that it takes discipline and gentle reminders to ensure that happens. I'm going to share a few tools that I've embedded into my routine. I hope they are seen as helpful gifts for your soul, not one more thing to add to the to-do lists.
1. Breathe and Listen - a calendar reminder
I've added 2 reminders at peak buys times each day to help reset my mind. I tend to get caught up in the busy and stress so this helps realign my mind. It has helped me be nicer to the people in my life, check my tone of voice and get outside of myself. Of course it doesn't always work, but I'm trying;)
2. Reading a Daily Advent Study
This has allowed us to slow down, not go straight to the t.v. and has given us something to talk about that is bigger than us. We are doing this one, which offers something different each day and has something for everyone (it's downloadable so quick to acquire!). She Reads Truth is another great tool, they have online readings (free!) and a lovely book as well as kid cards that we find equally helpful.
3. Making Space in My Day To Do Something Life Giving
I know that seems so hard. The irony of the season and finding extra time is not lost on me, but it's so important. For me it looks like a quick journal entry on my iPhone note app, or if I'm lucky painting during nap time. Two very different things that allow my mind time to dwell or drift depending on what I need.