Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse.
We Moms know who was stirring (and likely not kissing Santa Clause underneath the mistletoe, either!)
It was Mom.
We were stirring because well, the kitchen needed tidying, the last few (if we’re lucky) gifts needed wrapping, the stockings needed stuffing and the letter from Santa needed writing.
Even today, in 2015, whether or not you were doing ALL of this “backstage work” or whether you were managing and supervising your partner in ensuring it all gets done, you were likely the leader and organiser behind the holiday scenes.
It was likely your headspace that was being taken up.
It was your last bits of energy that were being drained.
And I don’t know whether it is the late night after late night in December, the extra partying and egg nog, or what…but either way, I end up feeling zonked and foggy headed on that special day.
Accumulated Holiday Exhausted Mom a.k.a. AHEM (you heard it coined here, first!)
Today is the Winter Solstice. It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night.
Long nights and cold days are nature’s invitation to sleep more, yet we ignore it.
We ignore our bodies need to rest.
And we keep going and going and going.
But guess what, Mom?
You are not the Duracell bunny. Not even at Christmas. Not even at Hannukah.
So for those of you who are ready to accept that fact and the invitation the winter solstice brings to you to sleep, I invite you to take this week and do something wild and crazy…
Yes, here’s my top secret wild and crazy tip to preventing AHEM or remedying it as it slowly creeps in.
The number one top secret tip to keeping your energy levels jingling all the way!
Are you ready?
I call it REST.
1. STOP what you are doing.
2. LIE DOWN.
3. CLOSE YOUR EYES.
4. BREATHE. Focus on your breathing.
5. REST. Focus on your breathing.
6. BREATH SOME MORE.
7. REST SOME MORE.
You don’t need to sleep. You just need to rest.
That’s right, take 10 to 30 minutes each day to lie down on the sofa, breath and rest.
Crazy, I know.
But there’s just SO MUCH TO DO! you yell back at me.
But a) you’ll do it better and faster if you’re rested. And b) is it REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?
Take a moment to align what is important to you, with where your time and energy goes.
And if what is important to you is enJOYing the holidays…
That’s all it takes.
Try it. It works.
If the mind keeps buzzing then don’t be shy and find some guided resting support for you. One of my favourite ones is a 24 minute deep rest guided meditation from meditationoasis.com
Sweet day time dreaming, Mom.
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