How to be kind to yourself this festive season

Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. Just thinking of the prawns, prosecco and presents alone can leave many sailing off to their happy place.

However, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. There are multiple gatherings to attend, many are trying to wrap up loose ends at work, and it can also leave some feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things to do by the 25th of December.

So we recommend putting yourself high on your priorities list this year, and making sure that instead of buying gifts and mountains of food, you follow these tips to ensure that you get through the silly season centred and ready to take on the New Year.

Do things you enjoy:

If you’re feeling like the festive season is already getting the better of you and it’s not even December, then this is the time to go back to things that you enjoy doing. Love to read, cook or go exploring? This is when you need to prioritise these things. When we’re feeling overwhelmed or have a lot on our plates, and we think about things we love doing, often it may become clear that for one reason or another we haven’t been doing these activities. So put yourself at the top of your to-do list, and it’ll be hard not to see the benefits. Think of it as a Christmas gift to yourself!

Try helping others:

When we’re frazzled and overwhelmed by our never-ending to-do lists, sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are others in the same situation, or in their own stressful spots. So invite a friend to coffee who you know may be finding this time of year challenging too, or you could also try going volunteering a shot. There’s something so powerful and cathartic in paying it forward, so see if your local community centre needs a helping hand. They may only need some spare tinned food, or they may suggest taking an elderly person shopping, whatever it may be, you never know the difference you could be making.

Breathe, a New Year is coming:

It’s also to important to hang in there and realise this too shall pass. There’s a new year around the corner and particularly if you’re finding the holiday season particular hard, January and a new year is coming. During this period simply be kind to yourself and know that sometimes feeling like you have too much on your plate is not abnormal, but just do your best to hang in there, because new and better days are ahead.

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