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By Penelope Andrade


Is self care last on your holiday list? Winter's dark, short days invite you inside your home and self to slow down, rest . . . rejuvenate. The holidays pull you out into festive, hustle bustle. Torn in two directions you may feel more acutely the stress of lives that don't suit you or nourish you. You remember previous holiday disappointments and hope for fulfillment . . . maybe this year.



Here's a tip. First, give yourself permission to feel whatever you're feeling, holidays or not. Just acknowledging grief, resentment or depression will begin to help you feel better. Second, take a look at what you need right now, and make a commitment to take care of yourself, first.


Need alone time? Take a bath, a nature walk, tea and a favorite CD. Want company? Start with folks you truly enjoy. When your heart is full, pass it on, you’ll create holidays that sustain your spirit, and your life.

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