There's an old Zen proverb, "You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy. In that case, you should meditate for an hour a day." A similar sentiment applies to taking care of ourselves. When we're busy and overwhelmed and it feels like we don't have a single moment to take a deep breath, self care becomes even more important.
For many folks, the pressure to be joyful or bring others joy during the holiday season can feel burdensome. When you're already stressed, it may be easy to de-prioritize taking care of yourself. If you need a little inspiration to help you restore your energy, try out holiday self care bingo!
Click on the image to open a clickable and printable bingo board.
There are squares on the bingo board for taking things off your plate, or at least not piling them on to begin with. There are squares for acts of kindness, too, and opportunities for both connection and solitude. Some squares are clickable, in case you could use extra support.
Although self care goes beyond a few minutes of action here and there, to encompass how we relate to ourselves, every little bit helps. During the holiday season, you might challenge yourself to strengthen your self compassion muscle by winning bingo in multiple directions, at your pace. If you want company, join me on Facebook.
I am so thankful for all of you. Wishing you a Thanksgiving that meets your needs this year, whatever they may be.