December can be a whirlwind of shopping, gift-giving, reunions, and food. These are all joys in many ways, especially when we share our time with dear loved ones. But this year, we at MAGIS HQ reminded each other to give ourselves the gift of self-care too. Here are some of the ways – our Christmas Wayfinding – we’ve resolved to do that, at least for the next twenty days.
1. Do something for yourself every day
Christmas is a giving season – don’t forget to give to yourself, too. Our Dance and Movement Therapist Joey encourages you to do something for yourself every day this holiday season! One of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself is the gift of time. In the hustle and bustle of the next few days, take time to be yourself, remember yourself. Return to your body and rediscover how vital your presence is in this world.
2. Organize your space
The space you have to yourself plays an important part in stewarding your time to breathe, relax, and reflect on the year that’s passed. Clear out the clutter. Place a picture on the wall that inspires you. Paint the room! Whatever it is, our Administration Superwoman Imee says good space will help with a good start to the new year.
3. Inhale the essential
Did you know that our sense of smell sends signals straight to our amygdala, the seat of our emotions? This means it by-passes the fog that can bring us into analysis paralysis or stress in the form of mental clutter. For our Managing Director Kathy, who is also a management consultant and leadership coach, clarity and inner calm are important. For all this, she’s realized that finding time for the mind and soul to rest in each other is essential. This holiday season, essential oils will help her carve that time and space for herself. She recommends Lemon as an energy booster, and Sandalwood for staying in the present.
4. Be with the early birds
Day in day out, our Management Team deals with timelines for projects, concerns, people; they take care of our business direction. For Miah, making the effort to wake up early for quiet time with the birds is helping her keep up with everyday matters. Starting the day this way can help ground you and set you up to take on a full day powering through a to-do list. This season, she’s accompanied by a meditation app we all love: Headspace.
5. Savor the treats of the season
Christmas gatherings are full of food! Overeating can make us sluggish and tired. Bambi, one of our Program Developers, is committing to a mindfulness practice in eating, so that the digestive system doesn’t take up too much energy that could keep her from staying present and fully experiencing the joy and love from gatherings with family and friends this season.
6. Open your heart to magic
The story of Christmas is one of a great, miraculous love – and if we rush past the season, we might miss the magic this story brings. For our Director, Gina, the work she does brings her heart in many different directions – and to return to herself, she’s committing to keep her heart open through the solitude of good rest, writing, and painting. What opens up your heart?
7. Write a gratitude list – and make it as long as you possibly can
This season is often also one of reflection, whether it’s over a glass of wine or cup of tsokolate, or in the solitude of your own room or a sacred space you find yourself in. Being a writer and a crafter, Communications Officer Adi appreciates how list-making can help tendencies of being hyper-organized and organic find middle ground. Gratitude also has a positive impact on our outlook and behaviour: check out this video from The Tremendousness Collective to learn more about the research on the impact of gratitude on our lives.
We hope these help you keep a mindful disposition this season. When we give ourselves time and presence, we can give others our time and presence, too.