Not everyone looks forward to Christmas, it often brings out the conflict, stress and high expectations. There seems to be extra pressure at this time of year where you try and please everyone but end up leaving yourself burned out and resentful of the season.
However, there is a solution. Yoga and meditation are a welcome activity to help relax and learn to focus on the present moment. It allows you to move passed the feeling of overwhelm so that you can enjoy the holidays.
Don’t strive for perfection, not everyone is a perfect cook. Instead of being the one who does everything, suggest that each person brings a plate of something to Christmas lunch (or dinner). Afterall, the holiday season is about being with the people you care about, not about what you cook. Aim for practical, do-able over perfection.
There is a reason why listening to your favourite music relaxes you.
Music has the power to calm the mind and enrich the soul. So too does chanting, the vibrational sound of your voice is a powerful tool for relaxation. If you are not familiar with chanting, then singing Christmas carols can have the same affect. Take the family or friends to your local community carol night and enjoy singing – it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing, just enjoy the music and how it feels.
Get some rest
Put aside some time to get plenty of rest in the lead up to Christmas. Prioritse your own self-care by setting aside at least 30 minutes a day to do whatever it is that relaxes you. It could be a walk, listening to music or even a well-earned sleep. No-one can be active 24 hours a day and you will find you will be more focused and enjoy the holiday season more after a good night’s sleep.