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What will you give yourself this Christmas?

It’s Christmas Eve and, if you celebrate the holiday, you’re most likely focused on getting things done for the big day tomorrow.

There are final errands to run, gifts to wrap and deliver, and holiday dishes to prepare so that everyone around you feels special and loved.

But what’s on your list to do for yourself?

The holiday season arrives each year at a time of endings. The world is darker, with longer nights and colder days. There’s only a week left before the old year dies and a new one officially begins.

It’s a powerful time for self-reflection. A time for going inward and figuring out what worked and what didn’t in 2020, what we want to let go of and what we want to bring with us into the new year.

This Christmas, when you’re giving to everyone else, don’t forget to set aside some time to give yourself what you need. It could be the gift that keeps giving back to you throughout 2021, helping you stay resilient when stressful events happen.

If that feels impossible or too difficult right now, remember, there is help available. Local resources can be found here and people to talk to are just a phone call away.

Another option is to attend one of several online events being held throughout the year to help people cope with stress and anxiety.

The National Institute of Mental Health, for example, is hosting one on managing stress and anxiety on Jan. 14 from 1–1:30 p.m.

The event features Krystal Lewis, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, who will discuss coping techniques on how to maintain your mental health during the pandemic and when to get professional help.

It’s virtual and free and a good way to learn more about supporting yourself without any pressure. Find out more here.

Christmas is a time of giving gifts to the people we love. Sometimes, though, reaching for help can be the right gift to give to ourselves.

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