Someone in AA recovery recently told me that alcoholism is a three-fold disease, “Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.” The risk at this time of year is to turn to alcohol as a way to cope with stress. But, the holidays are not only challenging for alcoholics. They are wrapped up with intense meaning for many of us, and, it is difficult not to feel pressured at this time of year. The holidays can also stir up feelings of grief, sadness, and loneliness, and these feelings can be compounded when it seems that everyone else is having fun but you. And, moods can darken when the weather starts getting colder, and the days become shorter.
But, there are things we can do to take care of ourselves at this time of year. That is why for the month of December I will be dedicating my blogs to the subject of Self Care.
Self care can be both simple and difficult. A few activities may mean making only small adjustments to your daily routine. However, maintaining a regimen of self care can also feel like work. People can be surprised at the discipline it takes to take care of oneself.
Please feel free to add your thoughts at any time. I hope that this will spark a discussion about self care and aging with HIV.
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