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The 12 Days of Christmas Sanity: A Dozen Gifts to Give Yourself This Year


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The 12 Days of Christmas Sanity: Day 9

On the ninth day of Christmas,
I gave a gift to me:
Nine chores completed
Eight friends assisting
Seven hours sleeping
Six forum comrades
Five "Thanks, but no thanks,"
Four helpful kids
Three best friends,
Two great big hugs,
And an evening out just for me.

I know few people who really enjoy doing chores. I know I certainly don't! But when I think about the load that getting them done takes off my shoulders, I begin to see that crossing items off my "To Do" list really is another way of being kind to myself.

And if the feeling of accomplishment isn't enough motivation for you, consider treating yourself to something you enjoy after you finish the chores you most dread.

For example, I needed to box up a bunch of old winter clothes and take them down to Goodwill before the end of the year. It's one of those chores that really doesn't take very long, but I was dragging my feet about getting it done--until I decided that I'd treat myself to a caramel latte after I dropped them off! The promise of that infrequent favorite indulgence was enough to do the trick!

How about you? What chores are hanging over your head, zapping your energy and harvesting discouragement? Get them done this week, as a gift of kindness to yourself.

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