Hey there, blog fans!
Woah. Two posts in two days. Someone call National Rail because there’s a crazy train on the loose! (I’m not even apologising for that.)
I love Christmas. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you the same. I’m normally the first to start wearing a festive hat in public, to have finished my Christmas shopping and to have decorated my tree/house/cats for the festive season. And yet this year, I I really struggled to find the oomph to start.
I love walking through town and seeing all the Christmas lights, listening to the street musicians as they sing Fairy-tale of New York for the billionth time and seeing all the window displays. I really, truly do but this year my brain has been having a hard time getting in to gear. I’ve bought hardly any gifts, my tree is lying un-decorated in the spare room and my Christmas hat is still hidden away on top of my wardrobe.
I’ve trawled through my brain, thinking myself in to bad mood after bad mood and it all comes back to one thing: Pressure.
Pressure I’ve placed on myself to make Christmas perfect.
Pressure to buy the best gifts.
Pressure to keep a smile firmly on for the whole of the festive period.
Christmas is meant to be a time for love and laughter (and joy ever after) but we put so much pressure on ourselves that we often burn out before we get to the good bit. Forcing ourselves out in to crowded streets to find that one perfect gift and then feeling guilty and frustrated when we fail. It’s not healthy.
As the season progresses and we rush ever forward towards the big day, I think we all need to remember to take a few minutes for ourselves each day. Just a little bit of quiet to try and re-centre ourselves.
Here’s 5 things you can do to bring a little bit of calm to the festive period:
Make time for you: take five minutes to sit quietly and just concentrate on your breathing. Run yourself a bubble bath, light some candles, whatver chills you out.
Budget: Make a list of who you need to buy gifts for and set a budget for each one that’s realistic and achievable. Break it down over a few weeks rather than trying to buy everything at once.
Delegate: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, ask. If you’re running short on time, ask. There is absolutely no shame in needing help. Even Santa has helpers!
Go Outside: It might be cold but taking the time to go for a walk can help clear your head and makes a huge difference to how you feel. Even just walking outside for as little as 15mins could help to boost your mood.
Say No: Here’s the biggy. Everyone loves being invited to things but at Christmas this can get a bit out of hand. Don’t let yourself be guilt tripped in to attending your sisters best friends cousin party just because it’s Christmas. Invitations are normally given out quite early on so plan your events accordingly. People will understand if you need a break or some time alone. It’s ok.
It’s so easy to get carried away with the commercialisation and excitement of Christmas but try not to let it overwhelm you. Relax, stay calm and enjoy the holiday.