NAMASTE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
By Katy Cable-The Weekly Runt
A 3 Min. Read
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! -Or is it? For some it’s magical but this is also the season when suicides and domestic violence skyrocket and everyone seems stretched WAY too thin. This time of year, far too many people feel depressed and sad instead of loving and thankful. And this happens during the best of times. Now that we’re still trying to recover from a pandemic, as well as in the grips of crazy inflation it’s even worse. If you’re feeling down in the dumps, these tips should help brighten your spirits and allow you to find some joy during the holidays.
As a “recovering” co-dependent, I used to feel obligated to do everything and then guilty that I didn’t do enough. I dreaded the holidays because I had enormous expectations for myself. It was up to “ME” (not Santa Claus) to make everyone’s holiday magical. I always ended up angry, exhausted, and sick. Now I actually enjoy the holidays because I’ve learned how to do things entirely differently. Here are a few tips that have turned things around for me.
1. SELF-CARE is the name of the game. Most people (especially parents) don’t do anything for themselves until everyone else is OK. They put themselves last on the list. I’m giving you permission to put yourself FIRST! Nobody’s going to give you what you need or set boundaries for you. In order to feel happy and joyful, you simply must “put your oxygen mask on first!” Shut down and rest if you’re stressed out or getting sick. Eat well. Get some fresh air and connect with those special people in your life that lift you up. Make a list of 5 things you’re going to do EACH day for self-care! Do fun little things that recharge and rejuvenate you.
I enjoy taking my Pug Olive on a walk through the beautifully decorated canals near my home. It always puts me in good spirits and a place of gratitude. No canals or picturesque walking spots where you live? …How about taking a holiday drive through a festively decorated neighborhood. Grab your dog, jump in the car, fire up the heated seats, treat yourself to a latte (and a pup-uccino for your buddy,) blast “All I want for Christmas is you,” belt out your best Mariah Carey…