Friday, December 7, 2012

Doing Nothing in order to Reconnect over the Holidays

EcoYogini ponders on the importance of doing nothing over the holidays...

Do you ever just want to lock yourself in your room, pick up a fantastic book and disappear into the fluff of fiction?

The holidays tend to do that to us. Everything comes to a point. Work deadlines, children concerts, family obligations and holiday gift shopping. It's like the world conspires to make us have insomnia, break out into hives, constant exhaustion, short fuses and general feelings of hatred towards all things holiday-y by the end of it.

It's really a colossal shame. Cuz no matter your beliefs, traditions or religious practices, this should be a time for happiness, family and friends.

So- how to reconnect?

I truly believe that an important, and often overlooked, step in the process of reconnecting with a joyful holiday experience, is the 'do nothing' and 'let it go' part. We talk about creating meaningful memories, more time for family only- important for sure, but this still requires planning and DO-ing.

During this month of lack of sleep, of GO-ing, of planning of socializing and shopping and DO-ing...

Take one day (or half day) a week and specifically DO nothing on your list. That includes cleaning. Sleep in, eat Kraft Dinner cuz it's easy, practice yoga in your living room, read a book all afternoon curled up with some tasty coffee. Tell your partner your "do nothing" day plans and ask for their support- delegate tasks, pawn off the children if you have to.

Put everything on pause for a good chunk of hours. The world won't implode if you put the shopping for tomorrow. I have discovered the world won't end if I don't sweep, or bake cookies or do all my shopping RIGHT NOW.

Take a step back, plunk down and take a deep breath. 

4 comments:

Helena said...

I did this this morning after dropping my daughter off at preschool. I've been feeling a bit under the weather, so I curled up in bed with the baby, nursed him to sleep, and read a guilty pleasure novel for a couple hours. By the time he woke up I was feeling loads better. Not a whole do-nothing day, but with life as it is right now, it's as close as I'll get, and it felt wonderful. :)

Christy said...

Haha, doing this today! I'm going a step further and actually playing hooky from a couple of obligations. My kids are recovering from being under the weather and have been telling me that they want a break (smart kids). We're skipping ballet, staying in our pyjamas as long as we want, watching holiday movies. We may finish decorating the house and clean up, but only if we feel like it.

Five Seed said...

You know I couldn't agree more! :)

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Great advice! I like to unplug from everything once a week...usually on Fridays...and it feels so good! Angie xo

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