How about giving yourself the gift of time and space this holiday season!
This is the season of shopping and giving or receiving gifts. Presents full of ‘stuff’ and ‘things.’ If we opened a gift and there was nothing in it, we might feel disappointed, but in fact, after a busy and pressured year, the very best gift you could give to yourself and others might well be the gift of some empty, calm time and space.
The adjective “telic” describes an activity or task that has a clear goal or endpoint involving completion or failure. In contrast, “atelic” events do not necessarily have an endpoint, they are activities you do for their own sake, simply to enjoy. So why not have an ‘atelic’ festive season and create some space to enjoy doing things you love or doing absolutely nothing at all.
“Doing nothing can trigger a continuous chain of benefits. As your creativity and productivity improve, so do your mood and overall well-being. As you boost your mental health, you’re more likely to look for ways to help others,” Dr. MacLean says.
How can you give yourself the gift of space and carve out some time to do – nothing? How can you reframe a last-minute cancellation as a beautiful gift of some bonus time to yourself? How can you reframe the idea of feeling lonely to ‘nourishing time alone?’ How can you slow down a task like wrapping presents, decorating your home for the holidays, cooking or even tidying a room – so you have much more breathing space and calm? How can the holidays NOT be another series of tasks to achieve, but a time and a space to breathe, relax and enjoy…the gift of…nothing!
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