As we enter December, we find ourselves being pulled in many directions; the extra social events for ourselves through work or friends, activities with the children at school and after school clubs, the shopping for the festive period (presents, clothes and food), arrangements with family, and the holiday period itself, with people visiting us and/or us visiting others.

Whilst all of this is very nice to do, we can feel obliged to do more than we would prefer to do, and we give up our precious “me-time” and end up exhausted physically and mentally. However, what we need to remember is the very important saying;

“You can’t pour from an empty cup”.

If you don’t take your “me-time” to recharge your batteries, then you won’t be at your best when you are doing all these things.

No-one wants to be stressed out at what should be an enjoyable time of year, and if you are stressed this will lead to those around you being stressed too, so it is in everyone’s best interest that we take the time out that we need and also give others the time and space to do the same.

Another thing that we need to appreciate is that taking time for ourselves doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. It could be going to the gym or an exercise class, having a massage or manicure, reading a book with no interruptions, having a long soak in the bath, going for a walk, meditating, or doing some yoga at home as some examples. Do what works for you, and allow others to do what helps them.

So when you are planning what you are going to do and what your commitments are this December, be sure to make arrangements for “me-time”; maybe it’s a couple of evenings a week, maybe it’s an hour a day, or a day a week, whatever works for you. What is important is that it is non-negotiable and you mustn’t be persuaded otherwise. You are not being selfish; you are simply looking after yourself so that you can be at your best when you are with everyone else.

By ensuring you have the time and space you need, everyone will have a better festive season, so it is a win-win situation. If coming to a class is one of your favourite ways to take time out, make sure you check out the December timetable and book those that fit in with your other commitments.

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