Christmas Survival Guide
Christmas can be a difficult time for some of us and the pressure to perform for friends and family, and to be "merry and bright" can be exhausting. Here are our tips for taking care of yourself over the holidays, when things start to get a bit much...
Think about what you need from the holiday - are you in need of quiet time, the buzz of being with other people, or a balance of both? Make the day what you want it to be.
Pack a festive ‘first aid kit’ - gather the supplies that really bring you comfort and joy (excuse the pun!). This could be your favourite book or DVD, pampering supplies, or happy memories (your favourite photos or a note from a good friend). This will take you back to your positive playlist when you need it!
If tensions rise easily in your family, set ground rules ahead of time if you can - so everyone knows what’s on and off topic to ensure a stress-free day!
Give yourself permission to take time out if you need to - have a haven to escape to or if there’s not enough space, go out for a walk.
Practice box breathing if you start feeling stressed or anxious - breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, and breathe out for four seconds; repeat until you feel your heart rate decrease.
Take a moment to reflect on your achievements and the good things that have happened to you this year, and set yourself goals for the new one - we’ll be sharing our’s in the New Year.
The picture perfect Christmas that we see on social media is rarely a reality, so disconnect if you find yourself comparing your situation to others.