As we seem to be entering the festive season, why not read Jay's 5 tips to find your calm this Christmas.
By Jay Wiggle
Tis the season. For the shops to be packed, work to get manic and you to have a zillion people to cook and buy for. Work events, dinner parties, family get-togethers and let’s not forget about that cold or two we have to deal with too. Yes, Christmas can be stressful as well as the most wonderful and magical time of the year. How do you remain grounded and mindful in the midst of the festive season? Here are a few of our suggestions for you and keep reading to get your special discount code off Soul Circus 2017 tickets:
1. Know when to stop & schedule some down time
Decide when you will stop your Christmas preparations and start to relax and enjoy the holiday. Work towards and try to stick to this goal, even if it is in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Remember that Christmas is your holiday too.
You can’t do everything, so decide which traditions are really important to you, and ditch the rest along with the guilt. And make sure you mark on the calendar time to simply relax with the family, and time to yourself – even if it is only a chapter of your favourite book or a soak in the bath!
2. Be Thankful & Practice Compassion
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”- Oprah Winfrey
Think of three things you are grateful for every morning and when you’re feeling overwhelmed, remind yourself of your gratitude list - it could help you feel happier and less stressed. Smile and know that everything is okay.
3. Make Time for Exercise & Breathe
Christmas is, for many, a time of excessive eating and drinking and exercise can be easily overlooked. Make time for moving as it is a great way to reduce stress - moving burns off hormones such as cortisol and helps produce mood-enhancing endorphin's. Try going for a walk or being outdoors as the fresh air will lift your mood and make you feel better. When we’re stressed, our heartbeat increases and our breathing shallows - it’s all part of the fight or flight reaction. A simple practice if you’re feeling overwhelmed or even taken for granted, is to find a quiet spot, put a hand on your chest and focus on your breath to bring nourishment into your heart. Breathe in deeply through your nose, hold for 15-20 seconds and then breathe out slowly through your mouth. You can also book yourself a mat space at your yoga studio to build strength and flexibility, learn and practice breathing to calm your mind.
4. Put the kettle on
I won’t tell you avoid alcohol completely because let’s be realistic here - it is Christmas! However, do avoid excessive alcohol as it dehydrates your body and makes your liver work overtime.
Drink lots of water to help you stay hydrated. As delicious as they are, take a time out from the gingerbread lattes and spiced pumpkin lattes instead, put the kettle on and have yourself a soothing chamomile or peppermint tea to bring a sense of calm and wellbeing…ahh
5. Have Fun!
Remember it’s your Christmas too so try to relax and have fun, laugh and be merry. If you do find others around you difficult then try to rise above the situation. If things don’t go to plan try not to worry too much, instead laugh about them and make them into fun memories that you can talk about during Christmases to come. "Remember that time Granddad drank too much and Mum forgot about the roast in the oven?”!
A very Merry Christmas to you, from all of us at Soul Circus HQ !
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Valid until 25th December 2016.