So how are the Christmas preparations coming on? Are you running around frazzled or are you taking it all in your stride? Either way re-capping over some of the tips I’ve given you this year about maintaining well-being in your life can so beautifully be applied at this time of year especially.
Remember to breathe, so easily forgotten when we are rushing or having many demands put on us like children wanting to buy presents for granny or arranging to buy the Christmas food, tree, stockings etc. Taking a minute out to breathe deeply and quieten the mind is a great mental clearing tool. And it might avoid unwanted arguments!
Drink more water! We all tend to over indulge at this time of year be it food or drink. By making sure you keep up your intake of 2 litres a day you can help minimise a hangover, and if you drink a glass of water before you eat it helps to fill up your stomach so you won’t want to eat an oversized meal!
Meditate: finding some time to sit and just be still can be a great boost for your well-being at Christmas. Even if it’s only a couple of times a week it is still better than nothing. By sitting still and using a word or a mantra to focus on helps to stop the busy mind and also the constant demands on your time. Find a quiet place to sit still with your back supported and your hands resting loosely in your lap. Repeat your chosen word for anything from 5 to 20 minutes. Slowing down your breathing whilst you are doing this brings a sense of calm and inner stillness. You’ll more than likely find that you are feeling more energetic and have a clearer mind afterwards. If you are not it could mean that you’ve got too many stresses in your life.
Remember to get some fresh air as often as you can. It’s so important in the winter when we are indoors a lot of the time with the heating turned up so get some fresh air and exercise. Going for a quick walk at lunchtime or on the weekends is particularly beneficial to get more oxygen into your body, exercise your limbs and get you to breathe more deeply all at the same time.
Ditch the guilt: this goes for not giving the perfect present, not receiving the perfect present, and over indulging in food and drink. Let it go, is it the most important thing in the world that the present wasn’t the right one? And if you over indulge it’s only for a few days and then you can get back to more healthy food when the festivities have passed!
Rest and sleep: Lots of late nights and busy days can play havoc with your system. Remembering to get adequate rest and sleep by factoring that into your daily routine is so important at this time of year. Resting and adequate sleep is so vital for your well-being to ensure your body has chance to do it’s important repair work and allow you to feel rejuvenated.
Most of all don’t forget to laugh and have fun. Part of the stress of the Christmas is that we often want everything to be perfect and we have to get everything right. This pushes the stress antenna through the roof. Being able to take a more lighthearted view is not only good for you but everyone around you. Women in particular strive to do everything perfectly for everybody else. Have a bit of fun – when we can laugh at ourselves and some of our habits we get to have a really good time.
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