Create inner peace in this festive hustle

With the festive season prep now underway, has the increase on your time and demands on your energy to get everything sorted taken over your life yet?

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I always find December pretty magical; winter is in full swing and it's the final month of the year bringing seasonal joy.

However, over the years I've experienced and witnessed the hustle and bustle of December and the impact it can leave on us.

The magic and joy can quickly turn to stress and worry if we allow it too.  

Gift buying, then wrapping the gifts, writing and sending seasons greetings in cards, decorating homes, attending parties and hosting festive gatherings.

Our worries start to explode; where are we going to get the money to pay for presents and food? How are we going to give the family an amazing Christmas? When am I going to get the time to sort the house out? 

Does this sound familiar?  Are you already in the thick of it?

With Christmas falling in the final month of the year, like most things that come to an end it can start to feel tired and restless.  We’re at the last hurdle of the year, and yet we need to find a burst of energy to make it over the finishing line.  December and Christmas can make us feel like this. It’s the biggest time of the year where we find ourselves fighting against the colds and sickness bugs that are doing the round at the office or your children’s schools.

Our bodies are already starting the wind down process and they are ready to rest,

Being gentle and looking after our self really does get pushed to the bottom of the list, during this busy time of the year.

But it’s actually now, where we need it the most.

So, how can we keep on top of our wellbeing at this super busy time?

Here’s some top tips to introduce a bit of nurture and nourish time for your body, mind and soul over the festive season.

  1. Take that feeling of overwhelm away and make a To-Do List of everything you need to get done over the festive season, including all of the normal daily tasks.  Are there any quick wins you can do to make life a bit easier for you?  Food shop online or get the family involved in writing cards and posting them?  It'll ease the pressure on you and get everyone feeling part of your magical Christmas as a family.
  2. Introduce some downtime on the weekend's leading up to Christmas, where you can kick back and play games, read books, watch a Christmas film on the TV before the weekly hustle starts all over again.  Look to arrange some downtime in between Christmas and New Year if you can.  Even if it means sitting in your pyjamas for the day or going out for a walk with the family or close friends without looking at the time!  It's all about just being in the moment.
  3. Don't allow technology to overtake your emotions.  This time of year is not always the jolliest for all, it can be too easy to slip into that hole of social media comparison.  You know the one where, we start to compare our lives to others.  Be kind to yourself and if you know that it will upset you, detach from technology for a while.  Similarly if your work involves technology, look to factor a break from work emails or updates whilst you're off over the festive period.  Your brain and nervous system needs to rest and recharge for when you do go back to work.  I often find answers to problems I've been trying to solve appear at this time when I take a technology break!

Enjoy taking some time to rest from your busy and full-on year, you've earned this break and deserve giving yourself the best gift this season - the gift of being kind to you.

Sending you and your loved ones festive blessings and a happy healthy 2019.

Josie Copsey

Life Change Expert, Author, Mentor, Josie Copsey Ltd

Career changes, figuring out the perfect job, building incredible leaders and wellbeing are my jam. But before all of this, there was a corporate girl who had to go through quite a few setbacks, lessons and experiences. Ambitious, driven and focused I built a very successful change and training career that spanned over two decades. Helping leadership teams of large companies to transform their business. But back in 2013 I had enough. I was lost and didn’t recognise who I was anymore. A combination of being professionally bullied, suffering with burnout from working 12-hour days and zero personal life had done me in. My corporate work life had taken over me, I was selling my soul to a job and my health was suffering as a result. I took action and quit the job. Getting clear on my career was the ultimate light-bulb moment for me. But, there had been no definitive path in how I go about making this career change happen; all I knew was what I wanted to do and my determination and focus guided me through. I’m a gal who loves to plan and organise – a couple of my superpowers – so I documented every step and action I took knowing that one day, this would help others just like me. Those who have an idea on what they want to do, but unsure how to make it happen. Those who feel lost and hate their job, but don’t know what to do. Those who are stuck and looking for direction. I teach what I’ve done personally to build a career doing what I love and living the life I want. I’m all about taking action; you tell me what you want and I’ll show you how to make it happen. It is absolutely possible and achievable to be in a job you love; a job that brings you purpose and job satisfaction. You’re here for a reason. Your talents, your heart, your passion – you are one of a kind.