As we head into the busy and stressful Christmas season, I just wanted to take a few moments to say something I think is important. Love yourself. This time of year, more than any other, causes stress on people. We are inundated with commercials for fabulous Christmas gifts, with pictures of how the perfect holiday is supposed to be, with smiling families who buy Mercedes Benzes or huge diamonds for each other, with a beautiful family gathered around a beautifully decorated table — and it’s easy to let these images depress you when you realize your life isn’t like that.

But I want you to take a moment right now and remember that YOU are special. You can do things no one else can do. You have gifts and talents and you are important to someone. You matter in this world and you need to look in the mirror and remind yourself of that. Don’t let the ideal of the perfect holiday get you down. It’s probably not perfect for anyone, quite honestly.

The season passes in a whirlwind of decorating, shopping, parties, cooking, and smiling when you might not feel like it. You may not get the cards out this year. You may not have the designer tree. But so what? Just enjoy your blessings, whatever they may be, and don’t stress about the other stuff.

Love yourself. I promise you there is something amazing about you. If you don’t know what that is, take a hard look and figure it out. And then remind yourself of it as often as necessary. It’s important. Because you’re important. πŸ™‚

We’re going to get through this holiday season, and then we’re going to move on to January and February and anticipate spring’s arrival. Forget the perfect holiday, the perfect body, the perfect life. Just enjoy today and love yourself for who you are. That’s my plan!