Emotional Health

Dr. Pat’s Self Care Gift for Christmas Week

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Christmas Eve is on Saturday this year and Christmas Day falls on Sunday. The Christmas work week begins officially today, with only five days left for many women to:

1.  Buy gifts for all those people in our lives where lots of thought is required.

2.  Make a list of all the people and special organizations we want to remember with a donation or gift of cash.

3.  Create a schedule that allows us to manage the holiday meal if we are in charge:  find the recipes, choose the table decorations, shop and plan the cooking times.

4.  Wrangle the family members to do their part so we are not exhausted for the week after this special week.

There are things you can do to decrease this week’s stress with Dr. Pat’s Self Care Gift to each of you:

1. Remember that sometimes it is the thought that matters and not every gift has to be unique and perfect.

2. You won’t remember every single person this Christmas who deserves to be on your thank you list but you will remember later.

3. You won’t be able to donate to every organization that makes a difference in your lives or in the lives of others. Perhaps you will find time to donate in the new year, instead of money.

4. You don’t have to recreate a holiday meal from your romantic memories.  This is a case of “sometimes less is more”.  More time with family and guests and less stress.

5. You must ask for help in prep and clean up. Don’t wait for volunteers.

I wish you a wonderful holiday and a fun-filled week,

Dr. Pat

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  • APA December 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Excellent advice! Wishing All a wonderful holiday