Well folks, that’s a wrap as they say in the tv/film world!
We’re pretty much at the end of 2013 and it’s Christmas Eve too so I hope you also have all your presents wrapped by now and you can start to enjoy your Christmas-time.
What have you got planned?
Me, I’m going to spend a couple of days with my Sister and her family and call in on my Dad en-route. I love Christmas and the time it gives us to re-calibrate, to slow down (after the rushing around of food shopping and present delivering etc!), to give thanks for all that we have, to welcome back the sun (following the solstice at the weekend), the lengthening days, to get out into the fresh air (weather permitting) and to start to look forward to the next year.
If you’re single (as I currently am) then this is a perfect time to spend some quality ‘self love’ time with yourself.
If you’re struggling with being single at Christmas then take a look at my blog from last year and hopefully that will help 🙂
If you’re finding the whole Christmas thing pretty stressful here are a few tips:
- If you’re still overwhelmed with a big list of Christmas Eve ‘jobs’ – ask for help? Who can lend a hand with the shopping/wrapping/delivering/cooking prep etc?
- If there are friends and family that you wanted to get presents for and have either run out of funds or out of shopping time, suggest you spend time together instead. It’s our most precious resource and we often don’t spend enough quality time with those we love. How about suggesting you go out for a walk or to the pictures/movies?
- If you love being with your family that’s great, but for many it can be a stressful time so take time out before you all gather together to visualise everyone getting along and having fun. Your close family can often be the source of your depest emotional triggers so if this happens see it as the learning that it un-doubtedly is, thank it for showing up, then park it for dealing with later. And try not to take it personally 🙂
- If you tend to put on a few pounds of extra weight over Christmas, set the intention that this won’t happen this year. Keep moving, whether thats by having a boogie to your favourite tunes, or getting out for a walk, it all helps and you’ll be glad you did come January!
- If you’re feeling stressed, find a quiet place and spend a few minutes breathing deeply – you don’t even need to sit down to do this! Just stand still and quiet, take a deep breath in and as you slowly breathe it out feel the tension seeping out onto the floor and picture roots growing our from the soles of your feet and anchoring you the centre of the earth. Repeat this a few times until you feel more relaxed 🙂
- And finally, remember that Christmas is all about love, not the presents, not the food, just pure love. So, tell your family and friends that you love them, let them know why they are special to you….. and remember to include yourself in this too!
And on that note! I’d just like to say a huge big thank you for being connected with me, for the positive comments that you often send and especially to those of you who have felt called
to work with me this year, either 1:1 or as part of a group online programme. It’s been an honour to support you and help you to grow, develop and blossom 🙂
I’ll be launching some new ways that we can work together in the new year so look out for my next update.
With loving support,