‘Tis the season of giving. But as we give, give, give in the spirit of the holidays, it can be all too easy to forget about our own happiness and well-being when all the shopping, finances, family gatherings, and planning builds into stress. Not to mention how challenging and lonely this time of year can be for some people. This year, we want to make sure that, within the swirl of festivities, you’re able to take the necessary time to take care of YOU — to give to yourself for a change so that you’re able to show up with a quieter, calmer, more contented mind for yourself and others.
Take Care of You: The Headspace way
This month we're featuring the “Take Care of You” collection, our recommended meditations to help you do just that. Think of them as a ready-made gift that you can turn to whenever you like, wherever you are. You can find it in the “Featured” topic in the Headspace app, or simply click the links below to open any of the specific meditations or exercises.
Back to Basics When festivities or planning become overwhelming, take a few moments to find a quiet place, reset, and recalibrate. Sometimes, we just need to breathe, de-stress, and be kinder to ourselves, without judgment, without inner-commentary, without heeding any negative thoughts.
Enjoy alone time However festive and social we might feel, we all need space from time to time. For those of us whose aloneness can feel empty, it’s worth the reminder that when meditating, we’re meditating alongside other Headspacers around the world.
Don’t forget about sleep! With so much going on and so much to do, it’s not always easy to turn off and go to sleep. And when it comes to the mind, the harder we try to fall asleep, the more awake we are. Here are three exercises to help you relax and wind down at the end of the day.
Tips and insights Some of us might not find it easy or natural to take care of ourselves, so we’ve included the following guidance as a helpful reminder about the importance of self-care and how it sends ripples into our outside world and the relationships we have with our nearest and dearest.