It’s inevitable. The holidays are going to pull us in a million different directions. This can certainly be fun! When we get galivant from party to party, feeling like the belle of the ball, and lighting up the room, the holidays can feel exhilarating and reenergizing! But as with everything, a balance needs to be struck. And during the holiday season, when so much of your energy is going toward other people, gift giving, visiting family, and catching up with friends, one of the most important things you can do is to come back to yourself.
What does that mean exactly? At KIM+ONO, co-founders and sisters Renee and Tiffany Tam created their silky floral robes to help you feel at home in your own body. Coming back to yourself and being at home in your own skin is something people talk about as a nice thing to have, but for us, it’s essential. Grounding down and centering into your own thoughts and feelings is one way to enact holiday self-care from moment to moment. So, the tools and techniques might vary, but the result is the same: feeling like yourself even in the midst of busyness, challenges, and periods of change. So, this holiday season, while you’re spinning through the whirlwind of festivities, gatherings, and obligations, implementing strategies to reconnect with your inner self can make this time not only enjoyable but also rejuvenating. Here are five powerful strategies to help you come back to yourself and center yourself during the holidays:
Physical movement is a fantastic way to ground yourself and bring awareness back to your body. When you add thing after thing to your holiday to-do list, it's crucial to make one of those things you. When planning your day, set aside time to take moments for simple stretches or exercises. Whether it’s a short yoga session in the morning, a brisk walk during lunch, or a few stretches before bed, these activities can work wonders. You can even set a timer, slip into your short or long kimono robe, and give yourself a light stretch on the hour! Stretching not only helps release physical tension but also allows for mental relaxation. It encourages mindfulness by directing your focus inward, helping you to observe the variety of sensations and emotions rising and falling within your body. Even a few minutes of stretching a couple of times a day can create a significant impact on your overall well-being during the holiday chaos.
The monotony of routine can sometimes contribute to feeling disconnected from ourselves. Changing your environment, even in small ways, can provide a fresh perspective and remind you what’s important and valuable to you. During the holidays, explore new routes for your walks, rearrange your living space, or take your work to a different coffee shop. One way we love to change the interior of our WFH set up is by simply hanging a luxury silk robe on the back of the door with a hanger. Our silky floral robes are wearable (and hangable) works of art. Refresh your daily environment with your favorite women’s long silk robe in between wears to bring a little symbolism and meaning to your space. Shifting your surroundings can stimulate creativity and mindfulness. It encourages you to be present and attentive to your immediate surroundings, fostering a deeper connection with the present moment. Embracing novelty can reignite your curiosity and sense of wonder, allowing you to rediscover aspects of yourself you may have overlooked.
We know you well. You do so much for other people. You are always on call, even when you’re not supposed to be on call. You show up. So make yourself one of the people you show up for! Slip into your long kimono wrap, get out your planner, and allocate dedicated time for yourself each week. Treat it as a special date with yourself. This could involve activities you genuinely enjoy, whether it’s reading, painting, hiking, or simply sitting in a quiet place and reflecting. Make the moment extra meaningful by draping your luxury silk robe around your shoulders and disconnecting from distractions. Turn off your phone or any devices that could pull you away from this hard-to-come-by "you" time. Engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation helps reaffirm your identity outside of the roles and responsibilities that often dominate the holiday season.
Journaling is a powerful tool to reconnect to yourself. Starting a journaling habit, especially during the holidays, can provide a safe space to express thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It allows you to process emotions, identify patterns, and gain insight into your inner world. Consider setting aside a few minutes each evening to carve out some alone time, slip into your silky floral robe, get out your favorite journal, and jot down your thoughts, gratitude, or reflections on the day. You might also use prompts to explore specific emotions or experiences. We love Moon Ceremonies, Shadow Work, or even Morning Pages as great ways to rev u your journaling practice. This practice can serve as a form of self-care, offering clarity and serving as a compass guiding you back to your authentic self amidst the holiday chaos.
In the midst of external noise, reconnecting with your intuition can provide a profound sense of grounding. Practices like meditation, breathwork, or sound healing can help you tap into your inner wisdom and restore balance. Mindfulness can be as simple as wearing your women’s long silk robe, and noticing how it feels. This simple act of paying attention can have incredible effects on your well being during a busy season. Take it a step further with meditation, which allows you to observe your thoughts without attachment, fostering a deep sense of self-awareness. Breathwork techniques can regulate emotions and calm the mind, while sound healing through music or vibrations can facilitate relaxation and alignment.
Remember, the holidays are not just about external celebrations but also an opportunity to nurture your inner self and emerge revitalized as you step into the new year. Because like we always tell you, you deserve it.