The run-up to and the Christmas period itself can be a challenging time for many people. We try hard to apply the message of goodwill, peace and joy to those around us although it can often feel like this is achieved by sacrificing our own needs. How often have you found yourself writing Christmas cards late at night? How often are you the one rushing around to buy last minute gifts? And how often are you completely exhausted by the time Aunty Gladys pops the last sprout in her mouth from the Christmas dinner you’ve prepared and served. I absolutely love Christmas but there have been times when I’ve wondered if it really is worth all the effort.
And for that reason, I’ve decided to approach it differently this year. I’m setting some early resolutions. Yes, I know it’s a bit alternative, but I’m setting some for the month of December rather than waiting for January. Well in fact, it’s one resolution really. I’ve decided to be kind to myself this month. I’m not going to get caught up in the hype of Christmas and end up with a horrible cold that arrives on December 23rd and lasts until Christmas is over. I’m going to pace myself and take it steady. If certain things don’t get done, it’s quite simple, they won’t get done. Christmas Day will arrive whether I rush about like crazy or whether I take it all in my stride.
Here’s my top ten “Being Kind to Me” list to get things started.
- Drink more water
- Eat as healthily as I can
- Buy my Christmas gifts in small independent shops or fairs avoiding the town and city centre crush
- Send fewer Christmas cards
- Moisturise my skin regularly and particularly at night before I go to sleep
- Take some gentle exercise
- Talk to myself kindly
- Give myself permission to go to bed early if I need to
- Meditate regularly through the month
- Take pleasure and be thankful for my life
Would you like to join me in my campaign? If so have a think about how you might be kind to yourself this December. Tell me your top ten or simply share your top three. I’d love to hear the ways you intend to be kind to yourself too.
Sending you peace, goodwill and joy and also permission for you to be kind to yourself this December.