#3: Give From a Place of Abundance, Not Lack
Even when we’re not filling our social calendars, there are still cards to mail, gifts to wrap, menus to prepare, and cookies to bake. We can’t do it all and also take care of ourselves. Celebrate your good intentions—but let yourself follow through on just some!
If baking cookies feels more like a chore than a celebration, considering letting go. The holidays are about more than just treats and gifts: the wellness you create by putting away the baking sheet and taking time for yourself will mean more and last longer than even the best holiday cookie.
More importantly, making food should be done with the right intention. Holiday treats are meant to be enjoyable. Ayurveda speaks to the nourishment we take from food that is made with love. No one wants to swallow resentment.
Be honest with yourself about whether you’re preparing this food and these gifts out of joy, or out of obligation. If you find it’s the latter, what can you give instead? Maybe instead of cookies and toys, the best holiday gifts for you to give are love, attention, and kind words.