One of the biggest lessons I learnt this year through my research is that things are not as they seem. People are very good at hiding struggles.

This time of year it seems like everyone is full of festive spirit when in fact it can be an extremely difficult time for so many reasons. So take care of yourself!

You don’t have to be feeling full of joy or feel guilty for not feeling full of joy. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone through gifts and outfits (note for us people pleasers). You don’t have to train over Christmas. You don’t have to punish yourself for training less and eating more. You don’t have to have everything together for heading into a new year. You don’t have to be anyone else.

This time of year happens every year so its easy to fall back into similar habits and traditions which may no longer feel right. So we can decide what we want to keep and what we can let go.

If you are like me and feeling guilty for not feeling absolute JOY then you are definitely not alone

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