Motivational Moments: Take care of yourself during the holidays

stockvault-girl-drinking-water127756The holidays have arrived and everyone seems to be getting ready to spend time with family and friends near and far. During this time of the year families celebrate the joy that the season brings and also the appreciation of time shared with loved ones.

But while we go through this season making sure our loved ones are taken care of, let us not forget to pamper ourselves and do things that will make us smile. This time of year, so many people find themselves spending a lot of money on gifts and food to make sure the season is great for others. Some even go into debt to make sure their families have a good Christmas. This can only bring on stress for yourself and can ruin your whole mood for the season. So while taking care of yourself, also remember to take care of your finances.

This year I am going to do something I read about once a long time ago. My family and I will stick to a “spending” budget on gifts for each other. No one will go over a certain amount on gifts and no one will be expecting a really expensive gift. This way there is no pressure to spend more than you have and no pressure to go into debt doing so. This works for many families and they still are able to enjoy the holidays.

This time of year can also be a time of great depression for individuals. Believe it or not, there are individuals who hate this time of year. Some people think that there is too much propaganda associated with the holiday seasons. I personally love this time of year. It gives me a chance to spend quality time with my family and friends. We laugh, play board games, eat and simply enjoy time with each other. I hope this season brings you some of the same joys and I hope you remember to take care of yourself during this time!

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

December 4, 2014
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