Wednesday 30 November
There are only 31 days left of this year. Some year it’s been. I am sure for everyone there has been a fair share of ups and downs, but I hope there has been more enjoyment than sadness.
As December starts tomorrow, I want to give you one piece of advice, inspired by the wonderful Linda Sun instagram.com/lindasunyt
Spend this last month doing what makes you happy, eating what you love, being kind to yourself, prioritising, celebrating and taking care of yourself, and spending time with people you deeply care about.
There’s no room in the wonderful life for spending it at war with yourself, or feeling guilty for doing what’s best for you or eating mountains of minced pies and Christmas dinner. Take a moment to reflect on how you could make this year, with what’s left of it, the most amazing year yet. I know that there’s only so much you can do in 31 days, but let’s entertain the idea.
Let’s think of it as a 31-day challenge! Each day, do something for you, a friend or family member, and something that makes you happy. For me, I only have a week and a half left at uni before returning home for the holidays, so I am spending each night with my friends, baking, cooking and watching movies – doing things that will create memories and make me feel happy. What does enjoyment look like to you?
December is a month to celebrate with friends and family. On the other hand, I know how hard it can be for those who have recently lost family members, or for those who don’t have a lot of family around them in general. In this case, it can be a rather lonely time. Use this time to reach out to those who might be in this situation – just a simple hello can do wonders. Be kind to those you walk by, have a conversation with your barista, stay behind after class to ask questions to your lecturer. Make time for friends and family. Make time for yourself, too.
Self-care is still fundamental, even during a time based around family and social time. Take time for yourself each day. I like to do this in the morning, with my journaling, a slow coffee, exercise. It can be 5 minutes, half an hour, or more. Check in on yourself and what you have overcome and achieved this year.
You’ve got this – now go and make the most out of the rest of 2022.
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