The Holiday Season is fast approaching as 2020 comes to a close.

It’s time to stop, take stock, and reflect on one of the most challenging years in recent memory. It’s now culturally relevant to show great care and concern for our fellow human beings of every race color and creed. Everything that has transpired in 2020 seems to have many hidden and not so hidden costs. Many have been forced to isolate for health and protection which has created many other stresses. Those unintended consequences can be loneliness, boredom as well as unmitigated fears. Everyone has had to adjust their active lifestyle with continual restrictive rules challenging us to postpone or give up the normalcy of what we once knew to be routine. These events have led to many changes or forced adaptation of our daily habits which are magnified greatly by the holiday season.

After a year like this, it is time to look at—and allow ourselves to experience—new ways to embrace personal love and self-care.

Be kind to yourself in spite of challenging circumstances.

Yes, there can be economic challenges, health, or mobility issues for many. There can also be loneliness and even depression from lack of social or physical contact to name but a few. In times like these, it is even more important to develop a discipline of staying connected, reaching out and talking to those who mean the most to you.

One of the biggest positives of the social media/digital age is instant communication and connection through messaging, texts, pictures, and even videos. There are also ways to use Zoom to communicate with family members participating in virtual get-togethers whether they are near or far. Allow yourself at least one interrupted hour per day of connecting with those you love. It makes a huge difference!

Remember to be kind to yourself through personal self-care.

Above all else, adaptability is the key. Take a deep breath try to relax, remind yourself, “don’t worry!” Finish that book you want to read or even try writing that one that has been brewing in your heart!

Try to get daily exercise such as walking or calisthenics. Go outside and enjoy some fresh air… and remember to breathe and not work on your to do list as you are walking through the neighborhood.

While you’re walking try to count your blessings. Many others in the third world may not have the opportunity of the blessings we take for granted here in the U.S.

One valuable aspect that we were too busy to even notice prior to the pandemic is the abundance of time that is available to us… a limitation of movement and things to do means an abundance of slowing down and time at our disposal. Now that things are slowing down remind yourself daily that you are allowed time for self-care and self-love. Remember, your ancestors weathered much more than this for you to be here. Once you fill up resources inside yourself, you’ll have more to share with those you really care about which is the whole point.

Wishing you much self-love and self-care this holiday season, you are WORTH it.

A Holiday Namaste Gary Stuart 2020

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