Christmas can be a time of great stress and strain for a lot of people and setting your intention to avoid this can be of great benefit to you. Becoming aware of what pushes your buttons especially when you’re having to deal with large numbers of people that you may only see infrequently will help you to avoid any conflict and keep you cool, calm and collected even though there may be mayhem going on around you!
Your well-being depends on it.
So take a moment to think of ways you can cope before the big day. What can you do to prepare in advance that not only pleases you but also leans towards making others feel comfortable around you? Maybe there’s things you can delegate in the forthcoming weeks and on the day itself rather than taking on cooking the whole meal with all the trimmings on your own, why not ask for some assistance? Most people love to help so give them something to do like putting the cutlery on the table or peeling the carrots. And if you do feel you have to have everything ready before your guests arrive then work out a timetable on how you are going to do this whilst doing all the other things you usually do in your life.
If you are the guest for Christmas lunch think about what else you can take apart from the presents. What other gifts can you bring to the party? A compliment to the chef, a praise of how beautiful the house looks or how about an offer to help?
Try making it a point to regroup and think about all the lovely things you already have in your life, this can help to detach from the rush to get everything organised.
Remember the breathing techniques I mentioned some weeks ago when you feel tension and stress. Take a deep breath in to calm your mind and then breathe it out and let go of whatever it is that was causing the tension. You may have to do this a few times to re-establish your feeling of well-being.
By preparing yourself mentally beforehand you will learn to recognise your stress triggers and know how you respond emotionally to various circumstances. This can make you feel stronger and more self-assured which is great for your well-being.
Don’t forget to try out all those relaxing techniques as well, like taking long hot baths with soothing oils, having a rest when you need it and taking time out for yourself.
What else can you do to remain calm, centered and have a truly enjoyable Christmas? How can you bring more fun and joy not only on the day itself but in the lead up to Christmas?