The holidays just might be the hardest time of the year to focus on your own needs for comfort and self-care. Current research tells us that people who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. This data suggests that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight! So- wear a ton of self-compassion during the holidays–slather it on like butter and strawberry jam. Fall out of any cycle of self-criticism and love yourself as though you were your own best friend!
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Ask Dr. Gail:
On Nov 16, 2011, at 12:11 PM, a subscriber wrote:
I am looking back over the past two years. Between my husband’s dad and mom’s emergencies and passing, our business travel and work… is it appropriate to be so exhausted and emotional? I am so tired all the time and I cry at the drop of a hat. I feel like I have been gunning so hard just to keep moving…
Yes, it’s completely normal. There’s always a post-events let-down when the feelings of grief come pouring out. It’s a good thing and so important that you let the energy of sadness and fatigue be experienced and then allowed to move out of the body. Take extra time now to rest and renew yourself. Write yourself a letter of gratitude for all you’ve done and for the love you’ve given to your family.
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