The weather has shifted, twinkly lights cheer up neighborhoods, and there’s frenetic energy in the air. It’s exhilarating.
So much pressure: the right gifts, festive attire, work parties, travel, extra expenses, not to mention the constant expectations of family and friends. And don’t forget your demanding daily priorities! It’s a lot to navigate without losing oneself.
Isn’t this the month when we are supposed to be our happiest?
For me, December is riddled with mixed emotions because both of our kids will be home which, yes, is a wonderfully happy occasion. That warms my heart. Yet, just two days before Christmas last year, I lost my dad to Covid-19. Because of the pandemic, I could not be with him in his final days. That breaks my heart. It’s a deep, melancholy feeling that deserves to be acknowledged and nurtured – by me.
So this year, my mantra is healthy holidays. Savoring memories, keeping things simple, listening to my body, and making time for self-care.
What will December hold for you?
You don’t have to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and expectations of others. You don’t have to pressure yourself to do it all just perfectly so. You can make a new choice.
YOU can take the reins.
That might mean a quiet night alone, a warm bath, an extra hour of sleep or a Sunday afternoon curled up with a blanket and a novel. Ahhhhhh. Feeling better already? 😜
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale