December was a month of blogging sabbatical at Primal Peak. As hard as this was for me, it was much needed. I love writing and sharing, giving tips and hopefully inspiring others to optimize their well-being. So, the “I should be posting this,” and the “I should be sharing that’s” were rampantly bouncing around in my head the last few weeks. However, it was time to listen to my own advice and take care of me for a bit.
The Holidays are one of my favorite times every year. But, man, for a perfectionist, entrepreneur, and mother of little humans (and fur-babies), the expectations have gotten out-of-control! The expectations I put on myself that is. I’m not a fan of the commercialism, the excess and the waste that comes with the month of December, yet, my efforts for DIY gifts and treats are certainly more time consuming. I love the decorations, the music, the elves, the wrappings, the snowy weather, the school performances, cooking holiday meals, and gift giving. In fact, I really love the giving – especially when you find something meaningful for someone on your list.
Giving is great, as long as the giving of yourself doesn’t leave you empty. I’ve learned that it’s just as important to put the right things back in; to take a few minutes to rejuvenate, enjoy the people and the relaxing moments. Hence my brief sabbatical.
This will also be my focus as the New Year hits. I have to remember to re-nourish from time to time. For some, this may include nourishing the body with healthful foods when times get stressful or overwhelming. For me, it’s more about taking a moment to relax with a non-nutrition book, a warm bath, an art project or family game night. It’s about sipping a hot cup of tea and watching the snow fall, rather than checking my email at the same time.
I have a tendency to want to do it all (and do it all well). What I love most is sharing and teaching the lifestyle that I believe in and works well for our family. But, if I add too many different elements (with high expectations), it will compromise the healthful flow we have at home. And then what good would that do? ;-)
Many of our New Year’s resolutions focus on elimination (whether it’s eliminating foods that make us feel bad, or eliminating tasks to simplify life), but don’t forget that you can also focus on beneficial things to add to your day that will help you feel better as well. Elimination is often important, but so is proper fueling.
Does anyone else have a tendency to take too much out (of themselves) without putting back in to re-nourish the body and mind? If so, does this play into your New Year’s resolution for 2016? What I like about heading into a new year is that it is a natural time to reset and start fresh. If you could take a brief sabbatical and use it to reflect and redirect, what would your sabbatical look like?