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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.