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Self-care in December

At this time of the year it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlpool of Christmas parties, break-ups, end-of-year drinks, concerts, speech nights, and general ‘let’s catch up before Christmas’ engagements. Remember that it’s OK to say no.

How many of us go to functions we don’t want to go to, and eat food we don’t want to eat while talking to people we don’t especially want to talk to? 

Even if you adore the people involved, there’s no imperative to be at everything just to keep the peace or because it’s December. 

Sometimes you need a night in, or time to rest and recalibrate.

For some of us, being willing to prioritise our own wellbeing above trying to keep everyone else happy is one of the most courageous and meaningful lines we can draw in our lives. 

And even if your no occasionally disappoints someone, they’re big people. They’ll manage. They’re capable. Honour that.

As the days get hotter and the mornings start earlier (and the birds chirp louder at those wee small hours), this time of year can be challenging enough. And we really don’t have to squeeze every little thing in before Christmas Eve. 

If the very thought of letting someone down makes you squirm, be sure to get your hands on a copy of a book called The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson. Put it on your to-do list for 2019.

In the meantime, now that you’ve acquired space for yourself, do something that leaves you feeling looked after. 

That’s a great Christmas present.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson