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Self-care at Christmas

Marian Keyes is my favorite living author, a recovering addict, a survivor of serious depression and anxiety, a mental health advocate, and an all-around delightful person! She has made a 14-minute video all about taking care of yourself, and being kind to yourself, at Christmastime. It’s important!

Much of this advice is stuff I figured out on my own, long ago, and I think it is one reason why I love Christmas. I try hard not to stress about anything. Not everyone gets a homemade present, or even a present at all. I cook and bake as much as I like, and no more. No Christmas cards. My tree gets smaller every year as my energy wanes — but it’s still beautiful! I hide in my room when things get loud or overwhelming.

Marian’s advice about getting through a hard day is useful in any situation. On days with difficult, stressful medical stuff, I tell myself, ok, in twelve hours (or whatever) this will all be over. I can get through twelve hours.

Merry Christmas! Take care of yourself! If you, like Marian and me, suffer from anxiety and/or depression, keep a help line handy in your phone or follow @SarahMillican75 on twitter — she does a #JoinIn event on Christmas if you’re feeling lonely (or too crowded) and need to have a chat with some friendly internet people :)

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2 Responses to “Self-care at Christmas”

  1. Amy

    I love Marian Keyes too. She’s gotten me through some very difficult times with her humor and by helping me to feel less alone. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, and I’ll think of you as I’m enjoying re-listening to your winter recordings here in Florida. xxx

  2. Natalie

    Merry Christmas to you and all your beloved one’s. May blessings accompany every step you take in this adventurous travel called life.

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