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Self-Care During the Holidays: Advice from Tamsyn

While, the holidays are usually my favorite time of year, this year I am not quite sure what to expect. Usually, the holidays are full of family traditions and gathering with your favorite people. However, this year, both of those aspects are going to look very different due to COVID-19. Traditions may need to be adjusted to protect our health and gatherings may need to be virtual.

The holidays often bring cheer to some; however, they also bring stress to all and this year the stress will most likely be amplified. Therefore, it is important to know how to take care of yourself as you navigate through the month of December. Before things get out of hand, take a step back, take a deep breath and take a personal inventory of yourself.

- What is causing you the most stress? - What are you most excited for? - What is adding unnecessary stress? - Could you ask for help? - What is time sensitive? - What can be taken care of after the holidays?

I find it easiest when I make lists. Sometimes, that looks like making a daily or weekly to do list, while other times it means putting items into categories so I can help organize my thoughts. Something about putting it to paper (or the notes folder on your phone) relieves the stress.

Once you take a deep breath, without feeling overwhelmed, engage in a self-care activity. Some of my favorites are taking a walk, taking a hot bath, reading my bible, or catching up on my favorite show. Some others could be baking, gardening, working out, or reading.

Even after indulging in some self-care, it is okay if you do not feel jolly this year. Change is hard, and the holidays might not feel the same, even with our hard work. Give yourself grace. 2020 has been hard on all of us and we are all tired from trying to find the new normal. This holiday season, one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves in rest. Take time for yourself, and check in with the ones you love.

- Tamsyn Morison, MS, LPC Associate, NCC

Supervised by Dr. Sarah E. Carlson, LPC-S, RPT-S, E-RYT 200, YACEP

Tamsyn spends her time working with children and families at the Vogel Alcove, a childcare center and Head Start school for homeless children and youth . To read more about this wonderful organization, please click here.

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