Just surviving the frantic pace of getting all the loose ends tied up so you can get out of the office for the holiday period can be stressful enough. For many, having to get the house in order and plan the Christmas Day menu can be a stressor if you are hosting family and friends.
So what can you do to look after yourself at this often busy time to make sure that you are in a great space to start 2019? For me it’s all about moderation. Eat, drink and party in moderation…and….
· Don’t forget to exercise – it may not make a huge difference, but getting out and about can just take the edge off all that extra eating. I try to take short walks every day to maintain a regular routine.
· For many people, Christmas is a time for social drinking. It’s good to enjoy other people’s company but I always make sure that I drink responsibly.
· I always like to plan for some pampering in January when I’m on leave. For me it’s usually a facial and all the add ons that go with it. My regular massage is always booked in as well.
· Catching up with family and friends for coffee, lunch or dinner is a chance to relax and enjoy other people’s company when you don‘t have to worry about work the next day.
· I also spend time catching up on my reading. I have a growing pile of books that I purchase during the year and I love to make the time to read some of these.
· I make sure that I plan some time for reflection – reflecting back on 2018 and reflecting forward about 2019. I find that different people approach this in many varied ways. For me, I like to write down my reflections when I have some quiet time. It helps me focus. I’m a strong believer in the power of the universe. Once on paper, the intention is set and the universe plays its part for me.
….and finally, for me, I’m away when all of the after Christmas sales are on. You may recall from a previous post that I find shopping very relaxing, almost mindful! So when I’m back in Perth, I will be checking out the shops when things are a bit quieter and enjoying time on my own.