Expect a change of plans.
It’s that time of the year when friends and family are home for the season. You’re surrounded by good food, plenty of drinks and overall merrymaking. While getting turnt af most nights is all well and good, ensuring you’re taking time to feed your mind, body and soul is just as important. Here are some of our favourite ways to do this—think of it as expressions of self-care.
Indulge during the morning hours. The AM is the best time to practice healthy morning habits, so allocate 5-minutes with a cup of tea to sit outdoors for a refreshing start.
Learn positive affirmations. It’s clear, juggling a hectic job, demanding social calendar and family and friends is no walk in the park. To top that off, finding time for yourself gets lost in the madness. We get it. To create positive thoughts, take a few minutes each day to write down everything you’re grateful for. It’ll serve as a good reminder for when things get crazy.
Give yourself a gift. Pretend that you’re your own secret Santa and pick something that you always wanted but never thought you deserved.
Change your interior. Making tiny tweaks (or big changes, should you choose) around your home for the new year will bring in fresh thoughts as you plan these changes. Why? Working on a project like this will push you to look for inspiration at every turn.
Donate the things that you don’t need… And keep the ones you absolutely love. In true Marie Kondor style, ask yourself, ‘Does this item spark joy?’ “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle,” she says in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
Let go of guilt. It’s usually sadness and disappointment that you couldn’t do more to help or you didn’t achieve something you set out to do. It’s okay to feel this way. Human screw up and the best ones learn and move on.
Revaluate your relationships. It could be any sort of bond, but if it’s harming you or the other person, then it may be worth leaving it.
Cook something Christmasy. Cooking or baking are known to relieve stress and allows you’re the opportunity to express yourself creatively. Plus, making something for a loved one, will always make you feel good.
Go beyond your comfort zone. If you’re afraid of dogs, walk into a dog café. If you don’t know how to sing, take a class. The holidays can be more than laughter and revelries; it can be a great time to experience something that connects with your soul.
Be content. We can’t stress how important this is. Maybe you have a lot going on or perhaps you’ve figured it all out; but, irrespective of what’s happening in your life, you need to be happy about how you look, feel and live to truly enjoy every moment of each day!
These tips should help you achieve overall happiness during the festive season, and can probably extend to any time of the year, really. Whatever you do, make sure you carve out more me-time to recharge and re-evaluate. Before you know it, you’ll be all set to take on the new year. Happy Holidays!
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