Being mindful is something we all try to practice year-round, but Christmas can often be a time when it is needed the most. Naturally, the festive season can come with its difficulties, and individually, we may have mixed emotions about what that all means. Looking after yourself and those around you is key to managing the holiday and making it whatever you need it to be. Understanding that the pressures of society to celebrate can be set aside and what really matters is a bit of self-care and shared care to your nearest and dearest.
Christmas doesn’t mean you have to go overboard in more ways than one. Obviously, there is a lot of consumption during this time; whether buying presents, food, or wine, it can be easy to overdo it when caught up in it all, only to regret it later. Know that it's all about balance, enjoying a delicious spread, having a glass of bubbles and being generous are all beautiful things and part of the collective Christmas joy. When it comes to shopping for gifts and food, creating a clear budget can help relieve financial stress and give you peace for the coming year. Why not be creative with your gift-giving this year; your loved ones will appreciate thoughtful, fun presents over something expensive. Staying active and keeping up with your regular routine as much as possible will also help keep you level-headed and remove the guilt of that extra mince pie! Offset any sugary treats with nutritious alternatives, source healthy recipes online or through friends you can bring to the table and feel good about.
The festive period is about quality time; if you are with friends, family, a partner, or perhaps all of the above, taking the time to slow down and be in each other’s company is the best celebration. Use this time to get everyone together for a garden BBQ or organise a movie night and let the good times roll! Reflect upon all the great things you have going on in your life, and be mindful that it isn’t the same for everyone. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to give back to your community, get involved with a local beach clean or encourage your friends and family to contribute to a charity that serves Christmas dinners and meals to the homeless and those struggling within society. The Salvation Army welcomes food donations or volunteers to help across the country.
Remember to find a moment or two to do the things you love but often don’t have time for; this will ensure a positive and rewarding holiday season. Spending time with yourself is also essential; help yourself relax with a beach walk, get into a good book or run a bath, and remind yourself that a bit of pampering is excellent for the soul. Prioritise what's best for you and reach out to those close to you if you are feeling lonely or unsure; Christmas can be a strange time, and it is okay if your feelings don’t match the atmosphere surrounding you. Try to plan something nice to do so you can look forward to it and keep it as a reminder amidst the general festive madness. A mindful Christmas will always be a merrier one.