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The Holiday season is upon us and it is a joyous time, of course, filled with family, friends, and parties. But it is also a stressful time, because it’s filled with family, friends, and parties. There is so much pressure to be festive and giving, and those who are not, are labelled as the “Grinch” or “Scrooge”. Once we remove the festive lights and glittery decorations, we cannot ignore the fact that the Holidays can be a triggering and lonely time. 


A family function can feel more toxic for some, than loving; the pressure to give your loved ones the perfect gift, often leads to spending money that puts you in financial strain; and the Holiday movies that are supposed to be about family love, are all actually about romantic love–which is all warm and fuzzy unless you are experiencing loneliness or heartbreak. The Holidays, can lead to burnout because you’re prioritizing so many people, but are forgetting to give love to the one person who deserves it the most in your life: you. 


One of the simplest and most effective ways to practice self-love is to give yourself time. Carving out time in your schedule for self-reflection, quiet time, moving your body, or taking care of yourself (pampering) is the type of self-love that builds habits and rituals around you. 


Sacred time for yourself, a personal ritual if you will, is what inspired our Holiday creations. We wanted to create limited-run objects that could inspire you to make your own me-time ritual. When you put on the Coat after a long day, it signifies that you are ready to slow down and give back to yourself; the Care Cups and the ‘New Moon’ wellness tea blend are great companions that offer moments of meditation as your tea steeps; and the Rupi Kaur pen is a sacred tool that is there during moments of reflecting and dreaming. Of course, these would make sweet dreams to give to those in your life that could use a bit more time to themselves. 


Taking time for yourself is necessary throughout the year, but it is especially encouraged during the Holidays. Remember that in order to be your best self for others - especially during such a heightened time - you have to first be your best self for you. If you don’t take the time to recharge, there won’t be anything in the love-tank to give. Cherish yourself. 


Now, put on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” song, go to the mirror, and sing it to yourself on repeat. 


Love & light,
The Aspeth Team

 


words by Alina Kulesh

photograph by Baljit Singh