It seems like all around us folks are using this time of year to take stock. In love, gifts, resources, even actual stocks sometimes if you are in the finance or retail industries. If we were to each look at our lives right now, as they are, what would we find? What would be missing? Check in physically. If you practice yoga, you’ve heard how much you should “check in with your body”. The basic premise of this it to focus on your body as a sum of several hundred moving parts, to see the machine as a whole, and as separate pieces, each a different mechanism. How are you feeling? Where is there tension? What would benefit you? You may need more exercise, more rest, a better diet, a massage, anything that treats you body like the temple it is.
Check in mentally and emotionally. Once you know more about what you need to nourish your body, what about your intangible health? Do you need more time alone, or with friends and family? Are you able to devote time to the hobbies and passions that make your live as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible? Are you being challenged intellectually? If not, how can that be rectified? Is it more reading? Researching schools or churches? All of these things can help us find our optimal emotional health.
Check in financially. Buzzkill. I know. But, alas it should be done. We’ll all have to prepare our taxes in the coming months, and it’s always a good idea to make sure we end the year on a responsible note. Does this mean a spending freeze? Unlikely, since sometimes your responsibility to the community (or the world) takes precedence, like when a natural disaster or an emergency means spending or donating money. Just make sure it’s within your means.
Check out. Just for a while. Ignore all of the advice coming from the list above or anyone else and ask yourself what’s best for you and those you love. And stay warm.