I don’t know about everyone else but as much as Christmas is a wonderful time of year, I also find it quite stressful. Working in retail means that this is my busiest period so I’m working more hours than normal as well as trying to organise the children and the daily requests for presents for teachers, secret santa, food for Christmas parties, cookies for a stall, the list goes on. And that’s before I have even got around to Christmas presents, food, decorating the Christmas tree etc.
I have always suffered with anxiety that seems to come over me in waves so it’s at times like this that I have to think about my own mental wellbeing more than ever and this is where practising mindfulness has really helped me. I recently bought a book, ‘Mindfulness; Finding peace in a hectic world’ which has really helped me and given me some great tips for getting through stressful times. Here you will find some ideas for staying mindful over the Christmas period.
1.Take time for you.
Whether this is 5 or 30 minutes, whatever you can get, just take a little bit of time for you and you alone. I know this can be difficult when you have children, I cant even go to the toilet without one of them having a conversation with me through the door but I do try to just take 10 minutes a day so sit quietly and think.
Exercise is great for the mind. I know it can be hard sometimes to make time but even a walk around the block will be massively benefitial. I love getting my headphones on with sme feel good songs and taking a power walk. If you have small children, you can put them in the pram and they will also enjoy the fresh air!
3. Go Easy On Yourself
Be kind to yourself. You are amazng the way you are and you need to acknowledge that. Do one thing at a time and keep things in persective.
4. Stick to a Routine
Over the holidays, with the children all at home, it can be easy to get out of the normal routines which can sometimes cause things to get out of control. My advice would be to stick to a routine, get up at the normal time and try and get your normal daily tasks done, it will help you feel in control.
I uesd to think that meditation was just for places like yoga classes or far away retreats but now there are so many ways you can easily meditate wherever its easiest for you. Meditation is well known to to help people focus more, be less stressed and even sleep better! I use a fantastic app called ‘Headspace‘ which takes you through a 10 day begineers course around mindfulness and meditation.
I hope my 5 tips for staying Mindful this Christmas have helped to give you some ideas but most of all, I hope you have a had a wonderful Christmas Day and that you enjoy the rest of the holday period.