Christmas can be a stressful time of the year. Between fighting the crowds at shopping centres, endless social functions and general traffic… everywhere, we can find ourselves feeling exhausted by the time we say happy new year.
But the holiday break should also be about hitting refresh, and taking the time to prioritise our personal wellbeing. We share some ways you can put yourself first during the festive season.
Write mindful Christmas cards
Instead of spending hours writing generic Christmas messages to people you haven’t spoken to since last year’s Christmas cards, take the time to write meaningful notes to the people that matter the most to you. Express your gratitude for having this person in your life. Not only will you make the receiver of your card smile, but you’ll also feel amazing too when you’re reminded of the awesome people that surround you.
Surprise a stranger with a random act of kindness
Not to sound like a High School Musical movie, but we’re all in this together during the busy Christmas period. Even if someone doesn’t celebrate Christmas, they’ve most likely been affected by the traffic, social gatherings and crazy shopping centres too. So surprise a stranger with a random act of kindness to brighten their day. It doesn’t have to be any grand gestures, it could be as simple as giving someone a compliment or buying their coffee.
Make time for what matters
So much is happening during the silly season, that we are often giving constantly (whether that be gifts or our time) that we forget to look after ourselves. Sometimes we can lose sight of what matters to us, forgetting to prioritise what we enjoy. Love yoga? Work a class into your busy Christmas schedule. Does getting comfy on the couch with your family and watching Christmas movies fill your heart with joy? Make a date to sit down and relax. Whatever it is, make sure you still do something for you over the holidays.
Donate to a charity
There are so many charities that are seeking our support, and Christmas is no exception. In the spirit of giving, donate to your favourite charity or purchase a Christmas gift for someone in need. Helping the less fortunate will not only give you the warm and fuzzies, but also help put the holiday in perspective and remind you how much you have to be grateful for.