by Bree Taylor Molyneaux

Is anyone else looking forward to some R&R over christmas?

Sadly I know that for many women, this busy time of year is a guaranteed stress bundle – at a time when we should really be practising more gentleness, acceptance and kindness towards ourselves.
What does “being gentle with yourself” during the holidays look like?

For me, it’s doing things like:

  • releasing the need to always do what everyone else expects (ie. those things you may need to do to keep the family happy)

  • An attitude of “near enough can be good enough” means I give myself a break from inane perfectionism when it really isnt necessary or helpful for me (or my sanity). This can mean getting it done  not as perfectly as I may have preferred.

  • Creating more spacious for self (or people who help me nourish myself) in mid December and early January- for us we love to go camping and connect with nature as a great way to really live this priority of self care.

  • Choosing my words mindfully, and thinking before I speak (do I really need to respond to that comment my aunt just made?!)

  • moving a lot, even if its slowly and peacefully: daily yoga / stretching and walks in nature

  • staying hydrated – drinking alot of water. I recently did a ‘no food cleanse’ and its amazing how much energy our bodies can gain from just water (with a dash of lemon) in between meals

  • remembering to choose love over fear, compassion and open heartedness over anger and harsh words

  • beginning to review the year that was, and considering what I’d like to happen as I move into 2016

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So what can you do to give yourself a little me time?

Maybe its a nature walk, splash at the beach, turning off your phone, sipping on iced coconut water or reading a book in the middle of the day.

Maybe its asking your partner or friend to watch the children so you can have a lay down. Maybe its going to bed early, soaking in the bath, or eating and nourishing your body well (instead of poorly) to ensure you are more emotionally resilient and stable.

Consider what self care means to you, and how you can bring more of it into your day / week  / festive season, because its your job to look after you (not anyone else’s).


About the author

Bree Taylor Molyneaux is a Brisbane based happiness coach, clinical hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing® practitioner, self-care and personal renewal facilitator, mother and wife. She founded Aspire Hypnotherapy, coaches women in a wide range of areas, runs restorative + self-care retreats, and has a range of and hypnosis downloads available. Read more about Bree here.