Cultivating A Sense of Calm This Christmas
Let’s face it, this can be a crazy time of year and it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the silly season. Here are some of our top tips for making the festive season a little less chaotic for you and your family!
Let’s face it, this can be a crazy time of year! It can be easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds the silly season; the shopping, the crowds, lights, decorations, parties, family, food, gifts . . . the list goes on and can become quite overwhelming and stressful.
One of the many things Christmas is known for is a time for giving. Perhaps we could use this as a timely reminder, to help maintain our own well-being we first need to give to ourselves, in order to give to others.
Here are some of my top tips that may help your festive season be a little less chaotic.
Each morning upon waking name 3 things that you are grateful for. This can be done at any time of the day really.
Take a breathing space
It’s ok to take time out for yourself, especially when feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. Perhaps try focusing on your breath for a couple of minutes, simply noticing where you can feel it in your body.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Given that it is a busy time and most people will be a little stressed or super excited at one time or another, make a conscious effort to not get caught up in the little things that may be annoying.
Be kind & show compassion
Think before you speak, you never know what another person is going through. Kindness is a gift that is free to give but can be worth gold to receive. Christmas isn’t always full of cheer for everyone, it can be a time of deep sadness, loss, grief, and loneliness, show compassion to those that may appear to be a Grinch.
In times of stress, we can connect with nature to ground ourselves. Perhaps go for a walk, take your shoes off and feel the earth beneath your feet, stand on the grass or the sand or even in the dirt.
Appreciate the small things
Take time to notice the little things, being aware and present in the moment can bring great joy. Smell the flower in the garden, enjoy having company, and appreciate the handmade gift, the handwritten
card or the wrapping, even if you don’t like it!
Gift of giving
Giving is a gift in itself, enjoy the act of giving to another. Perhaps take a little more time in choosing a gift for someone rather than getting something for the sake of it. You could try your hand at a handmade gift, these can be precious gifts created from scratch, or they can be upcycled, re-purposed or an overflow of an abundant garden. It truly is the thought that counts.
Gift of time
In a busy stressed world, this is another gift that can be worth gold, to both a giver if they are on a tight budget and to a receiver if they are craving connection or company. Spending time with someone could be the greatest gift. Offering a hand to someone in need is a rewarding experience. Spending a few hours to help a neighbour or volunteering with an organisation that gives to those less fortunate can be another incredible way to give this Christmas.
Whatever Christmas means to you, we wish you joy, happiness, peace and calm … with just a touch of Crazy Christmas cheer thrown in. I look forward to offering workshops and courses at True North Wellness in 2023.