One of the questions I ask guests on my blog is, “What does me-time look like for you?” The answers vary from sleeping to reading a good book. All too often after a long week of working and taking care of our families, we are pressing towards that special “me-time” to get rejuvenated.
Writer. Spouse. Parent. Cook. Housekeeper. Laundry Attendant. Provider. Chauffeur. Counselor. Nurse. These are just a few of the titles we wear on any given day. From Monday to Friday there are numerous things to accomplish to make sure our families are taken care of and our duties are fulfilled. In the hustle and bustle of routine living and balancing family and work life, whether you work from home or a different location, you can get burned out. Now that the Christmas season is upon us, we have to be extra careful to “love on us” a little more. With children participating in various events for the holidays, the parties on the job and off, and church activities and requirements, we are sure to be run down.
To avoid letting ourselves down and disappointing our loved ones, we must take time to restore our spirits, rejuvenate our minds, and refresh our bodies. This empowers us to continue serving those we love in the different capacities we hold in their lives. It allows us to enjoy a purpose-filled life balanced with peace and health. We can receive this refreshment and relaxation through prayer, time alone with the Lord, sleep, or participating in activities we enjoy such as, reading, photography, writing, exercising, spa time, etc.
Jesus often took time alone to pray to His Father on several occasions after serving the people (Read Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12, Luke 5:16, Luke 9:18, and Luke 22:41). Prayer early in the morning allows us to be in a mindset to receive all the Lord has for us after a refreshing night’s rest. Prayer throughout the day keeps us focused on our purpose, His promises, and the direction He’s leading us in throughout the day. Before succumbing to exhaustion after a trying day or a rough season in our lives, we can be rejuvenated by getting alone with Almighty God and praying to Him.
A relaxing pedicure after running errands or a day on your feet, can be soothing to the mind and body. Sitting in a massage chair enjoying the rotations of the chair’s operating system, as the knots are forced from your back muscles it’s easy to forget the cares of the day. The light airy scents of the salts being vigorously rubbed into your calves and shins, paired with the foaming bubbles soaking your tired feet, relieves you of all stress, taking you into another world.
Whether you’re a shower-based opera singer or a legitimate member of the choir, singing your favorite worship or praise tunes draws your heart closer to the Lord. Turn your listening device to your favorite Pandora, Spotify, or iHeart radio station to dance a joyful dance unto the Lord. Before you realize it, you have cast all of your cares aside and your heart is awashed in His glory.
During the holiday season, make sure you capture a few moments out of each day to have “me-time.” Without basking in moments of rejuvenation to replenish your mind, body, and spirit, you will be worn down. The Christmas holiday season is one of love, peace, and joy.
Failing to take time to nurture your spirit will also showcase itself in your writing. Unorganized thoughts and unstructured paragraphs find themselves into your work and hinder any progress you have planned towards process completion. As a writer, we always want to put forth our best works. They are a testament to our artistry and are a representation of who we are. We desire to please our readers and there is no better way than giving them the best of us.
Sure, you may want to complete one thousand words today. I encourage you to strive for that. But first make sure that you are relaxed and in a peaceful state of mind. I can quite often tell when I am writing under pressure versus when I am in the flow of things. This is especially true when I go back in time and read various posts that I have written. I can tell the days that I may have been in my flow versus the days that I was striving to push forward content for the sake of putting it out.
While it is easy to get lost in the madness of the holiday season, it is meant to be a time of beauty. Let it be that for you as you reflect on holidays past and what you desire to accomplish this season. Take a moment or two and watch some holiday specials, or go to the mall just to see the beautiful lights.
I live in a rural area outside of Atlanta, and I love driving through the small town area to see the lights strung during the holiday season. Another thing that I enjoy doing during the holidays is capturing various decorations to share on social media with others. I especially have an affinity for Christmas trees. I recently had the opportunity to capture the tree at the Indianapolis airport on my phone along with the over five-and-a-half feet ornamental balls on display.
These are just a few of the things that I enjoy doing during the holiday. There is nothing more memorable and special to me than hearing the music, seeing the lights, and watching the people. When it is all said and done, I feel more refreshed than ever, and I am ready to get back to the business of writing.
No matter the stress your life brings your way, you can find a way to unwind. You can bask in the light of His glory and enjoy all the goodness He has in store for you. Especially during this holiday season. Simply remind yourself of the reason why you celebrate the Christmas season, and rejoice in that. Allow yourself a little bit of “me-time” during the holidays, preferably daily, but at least weekly. Whether it is meditation, praise and worship, the arts, retail therapy, or attending to your body; take out time for yourself. Your restoration will be worth the sacrifice for the sake of your peace of mind and your family’s greater good.
Have a Merry Christmas!
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