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So, we have reached the end of another year. For many, the end of the year brings along reflection, feelings of accomplishment and excitement for what’s ahead in the new year. This season may also bring challenging feelings such as sadness, anxiety and pure exhaustion!

During this season, we may have a particularly difficult time tending to the challenges that this season may bring. We are spending a significant amount of time giving to others, which may get in the way of making sure we are giving to ourselves. We are giving in multiple ways. We give our energy, our time, our money, and various aspects of ourselves. We give to our families, friends, employers, communities and more. It’s the season we are in; it makes sense that the spirit of giving may be heightened!

With all that we are giving to others, we often forget to give to ourselves, replenish and protect our energy. It is my wish that we become more mindful of our individual needs during this season. With increased awareness, it is my hope, in addition to continuous giving, we may also start the new year refreshed in our mind, body and spirit opposed to being depleted on multiple levels.

I encourage you to gift yourself this holiday season. Join me in finding ways to replenish. To replenish financially, you may find it helpful to create a holiday budget or give a gift that is thoughtful, creative or less financially straining. To replenish your energy, you may benefit from making your rest a priority by scheduling a nice walk with your pet, sleeping in a little longer, leaving work on time or taking an extra yoga class during a busy week. What do you need in order to give to others in the capacity that you aspire to give? If you need rest, quiet time, connection, support, solitude, gift yourself by making your needs a priority too.

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