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How To Self-Care Whilst Preparing For Christmas

The run up to Christmas can be magical and exciting. Putting up the decorations, writing out your Christmas cards, shopping for gifts and deciding what to eat on the big day along with who will be joining you in the festive period. However, for some, this period can be stressful and overwhelming. The thought of all the preparations, the plans, the organisation and the time being spent on these activities can be draining. So I thought I would give you some ideas on how you can keep on top of your self-care during this time if you need it.

Here are 10 self-care Christmas tips for less stress and more peace:

1. Find time in each day for yourself.

The most important tip I will give you is to find time for yourself within each day. I know that I get frustrated, angry, tired and resentful when I don't make time for myself and it isn't fair for the people around me. So I like to go for a walk or shut myself away and do something that I love by myself to give myself a little time to recharge and rebalance. A little time away will help you to keep you feeling like you. When I can't get away, I like to spend time cooking or baking something. I have an open plan home so I can still be around guests but I can be in the corner doing my own thing in peace - social but not social.

2. Keep your morning routine.

Regardless of all the other activities you do during the day which are outside of your normal routine, keeping your morning routine will allow you to keep in sync with yourself and it sets the tone for the day. Once you get the first hour or so right, your day will follow suit.

3. Listen to your body.

You demand a lot from your body, especially in times like these, so listen to it and take care of it. If it needs a break, give it a break. If it's full - don't over eat! If it's tired, take the time to rest fully. In addition, listen to your mind. If you feel anxious or overwhelmed, give yourself time. Give yourself compassion when you can't do something you want to do. You can only do what you can do.

4. Maintain household routines but forget about perfection.

I love a clean and tidy home. I love to be on top of my list of weekly jobs such as the washing and the cleaning. However, when it comes to Christmas, all of these routine jobs go out of the window! So, I tend to do what I can - the bare bones. I keep on top of the washing and general tidying but I don't strive for perfection. I know that pine needles and glitter will be everywhere and I know that there will be piles of dishes to wash and the sofas won't be perfectly made every time. But my home will be a nice, warm, fun and welcoming place to be which is fine by me.

5. Create quiet spaces in your home.

When you need a time out, know where you can go for a breather. Create a little space, just for you, a little haven for yourself. Put candles in there, your favourite books, blankets, pillows, whatever makes you feel safe, calm and relaxed.

6. Plan and prepare as much as you can as early as you can.

The key to planning is organisation. If you can get things out of the way and organised early, the less likely you'll be running around like a headless chicken trying to get things sorted and everything being last minute. To avoid being overwhelmed, be in control of as much as you can. Being on top of your plans means you can enjoy your Christmas with a little less stress and a little more peace. It's your Christmas too so enjoy it!

7. Plan and focus on the year ahead.

The new year is fast approaching. Take the time to reflect on the year you have had and focus on how you can change things going forward. Focus on what you are grateful and look for ways on how you can bring more of these things into your life next year.

8. Declutter before Christmas.

Like mine, your home may be full of Christmas decorations, cards, gifts and people. To help me feel on top of my home and to avoid feeling overwhelmed, I declutter and clean before I start filling my home. Not only do I feel like I have a clearer mind once I have decluttered, I know that after the Christmas period, my home will already be decluttered so there is less to do later!

9. Do some form of exercise daily.

I don't know about you but I tend to indulge over Christmas. I'm a real foodie so anything that tastes good will go straight into my stomach! To keep on top of my health, weight and energy levels, I take the time to do some form of exercise each day. Usually this will be a nice walk but it could be yoga or even a dance or two!

10. Stop and enjoy.

Christmas only happens once a year. Stop and have fun. Notice what you are grateful for. Fully immerse yourself into the present and enjoy the moments as they pass. After all, it's in these special moments that life happens.

I hope you have a lovely, stress-free and peaceful Christmas no matter what you do!

I hope this helps,

Shareen x

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