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.
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:
- How to cope with silly season.
- 50 self-care ideas for writers.
- Over-committed? 10 questions to ask.
- 7 nurturing end-of-year activities.
- The relief of dealing with loose ends.
- Repeaters and completers: what they are, and how they help.
- Why you should pretend your internet is down.
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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