Dec. 25: Make yourself the priority

I wish you all a happy day with loved ones, together or separately as the pandemic dictates. It’s hard to carry the weight of expectations, especially when socialized as women to look after everyone except yourself.

In the wellness calendar, I have offered some ideas you can try to take care of yourself. Back at the end of 2019, I wrote about setting priorities for fitness using the image of large, medium and small rocks.

As we move into 2021, we are all carrying heavy loads. Some we are just learning to carry and the burden of recent losses is painful and unsettling. Others we have adapted to their presence, and only occasionally they might poke at a tender spot to remind us what we have been grieving.

The new year will bring lots of changes, but growth is good. If we stayed in the same place doing the same thing without learning, changing, growing, we would be quite limited as humans. Sometimes people fear growth because it comes with change and experience. But the comfortable rut can become a cage.

Embrace growth for the positive change it is and let its light nurture you and support you the same way the strengthening sun will nurture new growth in the spring. Give yourself the gift of valuing yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup. Take a little time for yourself today and every day.