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Being kind to yourself is the best antidote to stay happy this December!

We’re already a week into December! Where does the time go? It feels like the last few months have just flown by. And if you are busy planning for 2024, then you are potentially missing out on the month of kindness and generosity for yourself.

While December can be a season of giving, togetherness, and celebration of peace on earth, don't forget to look after yourself a little better. Take some time to check in with yourself and get a sense of what parts are struggling with the present. Give yourself the gift of time in your presence. When you sit down with your anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, or spaced-out parts, look inside for kindness towards them because it brings an attitude of welcome for these parts. So, embrace the beauty of self-kindness this season because when you reach January, you should feel fresh and ready for the New Year, not exhausted and in need of recuperation.

Why Self-kindness is a must in December?

Practicing self-kindness in December is important due to the unique combination of holiday festivities, year-end reflections, and the increased demands on us. The holiday season can also bring about stress and expectations, making it essential to prioritize self-care. Also, getting involved in various commitments, from social gatherings to family responsibilities can leave us overwhelmed. Hence, engaging in acts of self-kindness during this time becomes a necessary antidote to handle the pressure of this season. Here are some of our crisp ways to practice self-kindness this December:

  1. Set Realistic Expectations: Acknowledge that you can't do everything. Set realistic goals and prioritize tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Take Breaks: Allow yourself breaks to rest and recharge. Whether it's a short walk, a quiet moment with a cup of tea, or a brief meditation, taking breaks can improve your well-being.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities such as getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
  4. Say No When Necessary: Learn to say no to additional commitments if they cause stress or take away time from self-care. Setting boundaries is a crucial aspect of self-kindness.
  5. Reflect on Achievements: Take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments, no matter how small. Celebrate your successes and acknowledge your efforts.
  6. Treat Yourself: Indulge in small treats or activities that bring you happiness, whether it's enjoying a favorite snack, watching a movie, or spending time on a hobby.
  7. Practice Gratitude: Each day, take a moment to acknowledge something you are grateful for. Focusing on positive aspects of your life can enhance your overall well-being.
  8. Mindful Breathing: Incorporate mindful breathing exercises to manage stress. Take a few minutes to focus on your breath, clearing your mind of distractions.
  9. Connect with Loved Ones: Spend quality time with friends and family. Social connections can provide emotional support and contribute to a sense of well-being.
  10. Learn to Forgive Yourself: If you make a mistake or don't accomplish everything you set out to do, practice self-forgiveness. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would offer a friend.

Self-kindness is a practice that grows by listening to your desires and permitting yourself to pursue them. Whether you're drawn to decorating, singing carols, baking cookies, or cherishing quiet moments at home to reflect on the past year, honor those inclinations. Celebrate the childlike joy in snow, lights, and festive wrapping paper if that resonates with you—because you deserve it.

Happy holidays to those who celebrate, and warm thoughts to those who do not!

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