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Stress & Self-Care

A Smidgen Of Self-Care

It saddens me greatly that the upcoming season represents such a paradox. On the one hand, it’s “supposed to be” a time of festivity, cheer and merry-making. But ask any woman over the age of twenty-five how she truly feels about the last 6 weeks of the year, and I suspect you’ll hear words like stress, obligation, fatigue, and excess.

And we keep doing it to ourselves, every single year.

Self-care roundup | Pauline Wiles

I’m lucky that my family is small, and my introvert tendencies are permanently wary of over-committing. However, like most, there are still things I end up doing in December which I’d actually prefer to avoid. This year, as always, I’ll be recalling my mantra that we always have more choice than we think we do.

Here, then, are my most popular posts on nurturing yourself for this time of year:

I’ll be making a concerted effort to get outside during the shortest days of the year, and know that prioritizing sleep is another powerful tactic in helping me feel at ease.

If you could identify just two habits which can help your sanity for the coming weeks, what would they be?


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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    April J Harris
    November 25, 2019 at 7:30 am

    This is such good advice, Pauline. In terms of two habits which will help me keep my sanity, I need to implement your advice on repeaters and completers (and give less attention to the former!) as well as to really concentrate on implementing a ‘done is better than perfect’ habit to my work!

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      Pauline
      November 25, 2019 at 8:47 am

      “Done is better than perfect” is a wonderful reminder for this season!

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