Island Senior: Self-Care for the Holidays

Posted December 16, 2021 at 8:43 am by

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae…

Jedi on the Christmas Tree - photo Peggy Sue McRae

Here come the hol­i­days! It’s a time to con­nect with the peo­ple that we love. It’s whirl of sparkling activ­i­ties and time-hon­ored tra­di­tions that can bring with it the stress of keep­ing up with our social calendars.

Plus Covid. This plague is not fin­ished with us yet. In spite of read­i­ly avail­able vac­cines, cas­es are spik­ing across the coun­try and right here in San Juan Coun­ty. This ongo­ing threat adds a sig­nif­i­cant lay­er of stress to hol­i­day gath­er­ings and travel.

The hol­i­days are often a mixed bag. Hol­i­days can trig­ger grief when some­one is miss­ing from the fam­i­ly cir­cle. Tak­ing time for self-care can help us fend off exhaus­tion and mit­i­gate the pres­sure of expec­ta­tions — both our own, and oth­er peo­ples expec­ta­tions of us. Here are a few sug­ges­tions to bring some calm into this spe­cial time of year.

Be Hon­est with your­self and your loved ones in terms of what you can real­is­ti­cal­ly accom­plish. Don’t spend mon­ey you don’t have. If spik­ing Covid cas­es have you rethink­ing trav­el plans, don’t go if it doesn’t feel safe.

Make Choic­es because you don’t have to do every­thing. Touch­ing base with friends and fam­i­ly doesn’t have to be extrav­a­gant. Sug­gest tak­ing a walk togeth­er or shar­ing a qui­et cup of cheer. Mak­ing cook­ies and watch­ing Christ­mas movies is some­thing you can do in your paja­mas. Keep it simple.

Express Grat­i­tude recall­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing our many bless­ings tips our per­spec­tive toward the pos­i­tive. If you are a senior liv­ing on San Juan Island there are two right there. 1. You’ve made it suc­cess­ful­ly through life long enough to become a senior and 2. We live in an incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful place. 

Hon­or Your Spir­i­tu­al Tra­di­tion whether you are Chris­t­ian, Pagan, Jew, Mus­lim, Bud­dhist, or Jedi… after the dark­est night the sun returns. Light a can­dle, say a prayer, or mark with song the pass­ing of anoth­er year and the reli­a­bil­i­ty of the return­ing light. 

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One comment...

  1. May the Force be with us this beau­ti­ful season!

    Comment by Margaret Bell on December 17, 2021 at 6:32 am

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