December is often a month of busy preparation that ends with a time of reflection over the past year. However, when we are so busy preparing for the future and reflecting on the past, we often lose sight of the present. And since December is the season of giving, it is the perfect time of year to spend some time focused on the present.
Be present. Be attuned with yourself. Take time to check in with yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Do you need some time to take a breath? Take time to appreciate what you have in the moment. This can be a hard season to slow down and attune, but it is so important. You will be less distracted once you attune to and care for your own needs.
Being present with yourself has a direct correlation with your ability to attune, to be present and connect with others. Attuning with others helps them feel you hear them, you see them, you are there for them. The most wonderful gift we can give others is the gift of ourselves. Consider in this season of giving, to give of yourself to others. Give them your time, your presence. They will likely remember that long after they remember any type of gift you may give them.
This season, consider giving yourself the gift of the present and giving others the gift of your presence.
Wishing you joy and love in this holiday season and beyond.
Tina Martin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Consultant and Director, Relationship-Based Care Serviceline
Creative Health Care Management
Tina Martin DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Tina is passionate about cultivating relationships to improve the caregiver experience. The lessons and tools provided by CHCM Relationship Based Care not only support the client-caregiver relationship but can also be applied in all aspects of life. Engaged and thriving caregivers result in improve patient outcomes. Tina’s experience in organizational assessment, strategic planning, and outcomes will help provide clients with a blueprint for success.