CHRISTMAS is a time for making merry! And there will be plenty of that. You have done an amazing job this year - and Christmas is no mean feat.
BUT for many busy people, Christmas is a time where well being and attention to the things that matter to you, will definitely have to take a back seat.
THE Festive period is often fraught with complexities and often we are more anxious at this time of year than any other. There is so much pressure put on us, especially by ourselves, that we forget to be kind to the very person who needs it most.
CHRISTMAS is often portrayed as wintery and snowy, and sadly whilst this is true for some, for most of us it isn't. The weather scores a point for cold often, but most of the time, truly,here in the UK, its not even that! And for some, that is just the start of what can prove to be a disappointing Festive period. So, my aim for this month, was a month of Self-Love tips on the Social media and a developing awareness of what a Mindful Christmas may actually look like.
WRAPPING: IT started with my choice of wrapping. A neutral yet sophisticated palate of brown paper, with white velvet ribbon and sage green evergreen foliage. Aesthetically this pleased me. It was more about my experience wrapping them - but I do truly hope that the recipient will also get as much pleasure. I am particularly fond of the rosemary wreath which is on some. It smells amazing when it gets warm and slowly, very slowly fills our tiny cottage with its fragrant smell.
For me, finishing work is a vital part in putting down my crazy life. As a nurse, I have very little I can take away to do at home, and I am eternally grateful. but also putting down the social media, or using tools like tailwind to schedule your activity makes life easier and allows you to wallow in the festive fun, or sit in the Christmas calm and just relax.
Finding time to focus on yourself and your own feelings will allow you to recognise when you feel out of control and making yourself aware of your own surroundings will add a feeling of calmness. Try practising being more aware of your moment. If you treat yourself to a festive coffee in one of the many coffee houses, focus on the sounds, the smells, the texture and the taste. make an effort to to each for a least a minute. It feels strange to begin with, but trust me - it is very rewarding.
Any house or home, whatever size or style, can be elevated with a sprinkling of fairy lights and a few festive baubles. It doesn't have to be full on, it can be beautiful and subtle. The powerful bit is that it can be anything - so fit it to your tastes. avoid a Christmas tree by using twigs collected from a walk. Adding festive foliage from outside will make a dramatic difference too.
A big part of the Festive season is allowing yourself time and space to catch up on some sleep. give yourself a day where you are free, to rest or relax as you see fit. No pressure, no visitors and no going out.
FOOD & DRINK:
Remember, December is a whole month. Plenty of good cheer and amazing food play havoc on your insides. Try to plan to have days with no alcohol and try to ensure that your diet remains balanced. Your body will thank you in January when you are not struggling with the amount of weight you have put on over the Christmas period. Also, be mindful of your water intake, when we are busy we often forget to take in what we should. This in return leaves you feeling a headache, tired and often lethargic.
This is the last Bog post of the period before Christmas. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are reading my Blog. You are all amazing and driven people and I am so proud to have created something you all love.
A merry Christmas and I hope you all have an amazing and sparkly festive time, Carol x x