This is it, you guys, the final countdown. The last weekend before Christmas, the actual busiest shopping day of the year. I’m not going to lie, I have a few presents still to buy, but I will probably hit those on Monday. Today, I will be spending the day in front of the TV Yule Log and my favorite On Demand Holiday Specials happily wrapping presents.
Which is not to say the day won’t be busy. There are groceries to buy – we are almost out of food and that is no good with my daughter coming home for the holidays in the next week. She’s going to come in, kiss the dogs, put her luggage down and open the fridge. My car is so dirty it’s really become a safety hazard to drive as I cannot see out of the back window clearly, so I’m going to need to get out and get it washed. And when I say I have presents to wrap – well, I have a lot of presents to wrap.
At some point today, probably around 2:00 or 3:00 p.m., I’ll feel tired and overwhelmed. And when I do, I’ll borrow a trick from the most efficient relaxer I’ve ever known, my mother. Like all our moms, I’m sure, my mother hit the ground running every day at 6:00 a.m. by preparing a full eggs and bacon breakfast for my dad and me and kept going strong until she washed the dinner dishes.
At some point each day, though, she would decide she needed a break and when she did, she would put on the kettle, brew herself a cup of tea and then sit down and drink it with so much appreciation and mindfulness, you would think she had been born a Buddhist nun instead of the daughter of a South Carolina cotton farmer. The only way she displayed her Methodist upbringing was the way she set the kitchen timer for precisely 15 minutes of enjoyment before she sat down with her tea. I suppose she worried that left to her own instincts, she might never get back up.
So today’s self-care challenge for us all is to take a break in the middle of the day for a mindful cup of tea. If you don’t like tea, insert your favorite beverage here, although I do find that hot drinks seem to be extra relaxing somehow. I also enjoy sitting somewhere I can drink my tea and look outside and appreciate the beauty of the world around me, but if you’re at a shopping mall or even a McDonald’s on the highway, just savor the moment. I trust you, though, to handle the great responsibility of taking the right amount of time for your break, so the timer is optional.
Also optional, but encouraged: calling your Mom, if you can. She worked so hard! I’d love to hear a holiday memory about your Mom in the comments.
This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.