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  • Writer's pictureEmma J

Showing up this holiday season

I know it can feel impossible to muster up the energy to show up when you're feeling emotionally exhausted. Many of us are running on fumes—that deep kind of tired that settles into your bones.

The truth is, joy feels out of reach when we're depleted. How can we be present with loved ones when we have nothing left to give?

Here are a few ideas for caring for yourself this Holiday Season:

  • Put on your oxygen mask first. Give yourself permission to skip any holiday gatherings you don't have the bandwidth for. Your needs matter.

  • Get moving. Shake it out to your favorite playlist, go for a long hike, try boxing for catharsis. Movement is medicine.

  • Breathe. Try box breathing—in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4. Deep breaths activate our parasympathetic nervous system.

  • You are enough. Remind yourself that showing up imperfectly and authentically is brave. Give yourself grace.

This season, let's prioritize gentle healing from the inside out. We can't care for others without caring for ourselves first.

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