‘Tis the Season

Posted by on December 11, 2023

‘Tis the Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: full of get-togethers with beloved family and friends, great food, holiday music, and twinkly lights. And too many commitments, end-of-year work deadlines, random crises, and missing those who aren’t with us at the holidays. It’s special, and it’s stressful.

Here’s what my clients often need to be reminded of during this season.

Extreme self care is pretty much always the right answer. Taking care of yourself is critical when you are stretched too thin. You might think you don’t have time to take care of you during the holidays, but you’d be wrong. You have to take care of you and your health so you can be there with – and for – your loved ones.

You are ok even when you don’t feel ok. The stressors and sadness we deal with throughout the year often feel amplified at the holidays. If you find yourself feeling down, be sure to take care of you and reach out for help if you need it. And remind yourself things always get different; you will feel better – and probably sooner than you think.

Always do your best, with the knowledge that your best is wildly different from day to day. Don’t expect to perform at your healthiest, most well-rested, highest level every day – and certainly not during the holidays. Maybe you’ve got a cold. Or your child has a cold. Maybe the sheer volume of events/work/cooking/wrapping presents/hosting has you at your limits. Give yourself some grace. You got dressed today and showed up? You deserve an award. Truly, you do.

My wish for you is a joyful holiday and a happy, healthy 2024. And that you give yourself some grace now and in the new year!

Merry everything!