Make Your Life Easier this Christmas with these 5 Simple Strategies
Christmas is coming so it’s time for some simple strategies to help make your life easier this Christmas! Are you excited? Or are you looking forward to it all being over? Without even mentioning the C word many of my clients are stressed about something, be it work, relationships, having to look after elderly parents, becoming a new mum, generally just not having enough time out for themselves.
We are frequently hearing reports in the news about the nation’s growing lack of sleep due to worry and anxiety. “In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week”.1
So Christmas can, if you allow it, just become an added pressure, another burden. Did you see what words I used there…if you allow it?
So enough about stress, I want you to focus on feeling relaxed, having a memorable Christmas that makes you happy or that is at least filled with some happy moments and this takes just a little preparation.
Instead of just getting whisked away in all your to do’s and lists I invite you to just spend a few minutes really thinking about some answers to these questions….
What can you do to make your life easier this Christmas?
> Arrange for some groceries delivered – try out companies that deliver recipes and all the ingredients to save you time and hassle like Mindful Chef ,Gousto or Hello Fresh – they have some fantastic introductory offers
> Send e-cards, save the environment and give a donation to charity instead
> Ask other members of your household for help
> Book a day or two off work or even half a day so you can have some fun, or just have some time out for you – No not to just get more stuff ticked off your lists!
What can you say ‘No’ to?
Are there any traditions that you keep doing but don’t enjoy? For example dragging your children along to a play that no one really enjoys anymore. Why not change things up a bit and try something else? December can be a month full of invitations and your calendar can get pretty full very quickly but remember you CAN say no.
Remember to pause
If someone asks you to do something and you hear yourself replying “yes” but you feel uncomfortable try and pause. Catch yourself and say “can I let you know, I need it check something first” or anything to give yourself some space so you can think about it and reply later. If you are a people pleaser, by giving yourself time to pause and reflect you may find it easier to say “No”. From personal experience this does get easier with practice!
What is important to you? Focus on that
If your health is important to you and you need some time to release stress then go out for that walk or run, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Book that massage that you’ve been thinking about, do something to nourish your body, mind and soul. Keep some form of your usual routine going like a cup of tea and a few minutes reading in the morning to keep you calm before the day ahead.
Make a change
Pick just one thing that really annoys you every Christmas and see if you can tackle it with a fresh perspective.
What do or did you love about Christmas, if not now, perhaps when you were a child?
Think of smells, sounds, tastes, textures. Can you re-create any of these this year?
At the beginning of this blog I wrote ‘if you allow it Christmas can become just another burden’. Remember you have a choice, you don’t have to follow traditions or do things just for the sake of doing them, or pleasing certain people.
If you can make some time just for you and address your own needs you’ll feel more fulfilled and satisfied. The things you do, feel and say will have a positive impact on others and just in case you were wondering no it’s not selfish. Practising self care actually makes you more compassionate towards others. When your cup is full you have plenty to offer others!
I hope you have found this blog useful and I welcome you to leave a comment below, feel free to share your thoughts and tips.
Until next time,
Take care of YOU!