As we kick off the official holiday season (please feel free to review the Self-Care 101 about surviving the holidays), I found several posts that remind me of the attitude I want to carry within myself during this time of year. I hope that they provide some inspiration and comfort to you as well.
I wanted to start with a recognition that, for many people, the holidays are a painful reminder of loss. Dr. Chris Ebberwein shares some thoughts about grief and self care on the APA Your Mind Your Body blog.
Bernice Wood, at her Living the Balanced Life blog, had one of my favorite posts this week. It was a reminder that we really don’t have to do everything. That in fact, if we want to succeed, we have to learn not to do everything.
So often, in therapy, I’m working with my clients on trying to understand how painful experiences can help us learn and grow past the pain. Anna Guest-Jolly, of Curvy Yoga, explores this idea. She provides some fantastic insights.
It’s easy to get caught up in the details of our lives, to get sucked into our own struggles. Jackie Fox reminds us that, when we take the time to be kind, that effort always matters.