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Top 6 Self Care Tips for the Holiday Season

  1. Focus on what feels right to you: Find someone who can be a comfort or support and discuss your wishes for what you want to do during the holidays. Surround yourself with understanding people who are willing to provide a safe place for you to share your feelings.
  2. Self Care means just that: Stay hydrated, get adequate nutrition, exercise, and rest as needed. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
  3. Make a plan: Give your holidays some structure. Some people deliberately choose a different structure than past holiday rituals. Intentionally planning your time can help alleviate additional stress that may come with unplanned events. However, leave yourself some room to change your plans to fit your needs.
  4. Talk about your grief: It’s okay to talk about your sadness and your losses. Give yourself permission to express your feelings with people who will listen and support you.
  5. Be kind to yourself: Respect what your mind and body are telling you. Lower your expectations of what you think “you should and shouldn’t be doing” during the holiday season.
  6. Remember: Talk openly about your loved one when it feels safe to do so. Mention his or her name; keep him or her included in your holiday traditions.