It’s easy to get off target in the month of December, especially if you are focusing on living the Self-Love Diet, which suggests offering yourself regular servings of love.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or even if you have decided to pretend that the holidays are not here, they are. Christmas songs are being played and retailers are slashing their prices and inviting you to their stores at midnight, or before the sunrises, in hopes of capturing your dollars. TV and radio commercials are inviting you to buy that special gift for that special person. But what happens if you don’t have that special person or family? What happens if a loved one has died and you are going through the holiday season without this person for the first time? What happens if you are having personal health issues, or going through relationship stressors?
If you don’t have a belief in a power greater than you or faith that things will get better, this can be a very difficult time of year. It can make it that much more challenging to focus on treating yourself well in your thoughts, emotions and actions, let alone loving yourself.
If all is well and the holiday season is your favorite time of the year, it can still bring on extra stress because you are apt to have an extra long “to-do” list this month. Do you have a holiday party that necessitates extra cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking and planning? Do you host Christmas Eve or Day for your family and friends? Is your home where everyone congregates for Hanukkah? What about shopping? Do you believe you need to give all your family and friends gifts? Do you worry that you don’t have enough money to see you through all the added expenses?
Let’s agree to have the prompt for the month of December to focus on what’s really important.
The first thing that comes to my mind is my family. I’m so thankful that my immediate family are all healthy. We all have shelter, food and clothing. More importantly, we all love and care for one another.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet journey,
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.