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Welcome. Here we are again: vacation in the time of Covid. There are two weeks left in 2021, two weeks in which I hope you stay warm, stay safe, stay healthy.
The Times Well desk has occasionally aired a series titled “How I Hold It Together” in recent months. The most recent, from Dani Blum, is particularly helpful. Dani reads first every morning; she describes it as “sinking into someone else’s syntax a few minutes before the workday.” As her worries grow, she finds relief by setting a ‘worry timer’, giving herself five minutes to write down what’s bothering her. I’m trying both strategies today.
Some will no doubt be spending the weekend before Christmas in a frenzied rush to buy last-minute gifts. Consider the art of “regifting,” which seems 100 percent appropriate for this holiday season. You don’t have to worry about overnight shipping when you shop your closet; there is no chaos in the supply chain in your self-storage unit. One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was a bracelet that arrived in the mail from my friend Charlotte a few weeks after I complimented it on her wrist. Regifting and charities offer a much less hectic alternative to surfing the web late at night to give something, anything, to the person who has everything.
You could write a letter to your kids, your parents, your best friend and tell them what you’ve been thinking about lately. It doesn’t have to be sentimental if that’s not your bag. You could send a postcard from your hometown. If “it’s the thought that counts” won’t fly, there’s always Etsy, there’s always Cameo, there’s always baked goods.