Do you know how to be kind to yourself during the holiday season? Follow this list and check off each item as you do it.
Please add to this list and let it inspire you to make the holidays meaningful for you.
- Curl up with a good book or movie.
- Drop off old blankets and towels to your local animal shelter.
- Spend some extra snuggle time your pets or pets of family/friends.
- Make a list of random acts of kindness you can do for others.
- Send a secret Santa package to someone who needs a little lift.
- Light a scented candle and draw yourself a relaxing bubble bath.
- Buy a coffee for someone in the drive-through behind you.
- Write an inspirational quote or note on a Post-It and leave it on mirror or bulletin board.
- Donate to local food bank – can goods and pantry staples like peanut butter and tuna.
- Give two people a compliment today. It will release some feel good hormones in you.
- Text, call or email an old friend to let them know how much their friendship means to you.
- Share what you know with others. Teach someone how to crochet, tutor, teach music, etc.
- Everyone has been helped by someone at one time in their life. Take the time to write them a not or Christmas card to express your gratitude.
- Bake or buy cookies for a secret neighbor plate. In a note ask them to refill the plate with cookies and pass it on.
- Offer to run an errand for an elderly neighbor or someone in need. Or just give them a gift of your time by going to visit them. Consider buying them a meal or just sitting with them.
- Paint a river rock with colourful craft paint and write an inspiring message – “Be Brave”, “Your Special”, “Smile” and leave in a public space for someone to find.
Mary Francis, The Sisterhood of Widows
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