Give yourself the gift of self-care this December

I’ve never outgrown my love of Advent calendars. Although my family observed secular Christmas, the act of opening a tiny door every day and finding a new surprise never ceased to delight me. My favorite Advent calendar was one we used for years during my childhood. Behind each door was a tiny ornament, which we placed on a miniature tree situated between my bedroom and my sister’s bedroom. This pre-bedtime holiday ritual remains a cherished memory.

As an adult, I’ve come to love the creative ways people have used Advent calendars to incorporate creativity, self-care, charity, and connection into the holiday season. One of my favorites is the Two Sylvias Press Poetry Prompt Advent Calendar. If you’re a poet, definitely check this one out!

A few weeks ago, I got a sudden flash of inspiration: to create a yoga nidra Advent calendar to help people foster a sense of relaxation and stress relief during a busy time of year. Even those who are not religious frequently feel stressed out in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It seems all but impossible to avoid getting caught up in the hectic nature of December. Plus, with the weather turning to winter, it’s easy to feel blue.

My offering to you this December is 24 nidra practices. I’ll send a new practice to your inbox each day. You don’t need to pay anything, you don’t need stretchy pants, and you don’t need to be flexible. You just need an email account to receive the audio practices.

To sign up, check out the mini-retreats page of my website. Again, this is a no-cost program. I know how hard it can be to justify giving yourself a break in December. But in a time when we’re giving to charity, giving to family, and giving to our jobs, we also need to remember to give to ourselves. Make this your free gift to yourself.