How to Max Your Self-Care During the Holidays


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In this episode, I’m focusing on self-care during the holidays. Specifically, I kick things off with my essay, “How to Survive Dysfunctional Family Get-Togethers (the Buddhist Version.)” It’s a perennial favorite, updated here to reflect some Buddhist teachings I love.

Then I go on to share my own thoughts about this all-important topic of self-care during the holiday madness.

Most of us know the holidays as a time to indulge, then stagger off to lose that extra weight/hangover/sudden shopping debt with a ‘wellness binge’ in the first weeks of the new year.

I’d like to humbly suggest something different. In this episode, I share some ideas about self-care during the holiday … specifically, how to rethink the usual routines to better honor ourselves.

For instance, why not use parties as a way to check in with your feelings/values/desires/needs?

Why not treat those annual events you just have to do … yet again … as an opportunity to rethink the routines? To notice how your own values may have evolved.

If nothing else, you’ll get much more deeply in touch with yourself – and you might even have a lot more fun. Because, yeah, this is a time of year when we’re soundly encouraged to have lots and lots of fun.

I’m taking a slightly more realistic approach here, because sometimes the holidays bring up grief, loneliness, anxiety and even depression. We don’t have to dwell on that – but it’s good to acknowledge that the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ can come with baggage.

And that’s perfectly fine. Even normal.

I welcome your thoughts and ideas as well! Do drop into our Facebook Group – the Self Care Group for Extremely Busy Women.

Happy Holidays my friend. I truly hope you find this useful … and you have a great one!

My best to you, as ever …

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