FEELING THE PRESSURE?
My thoughts are with you all over the coming weeks, as the pressures of an often increased workload collide with more frequent social and family commitments. This time of year is a great opportunity to hone your "present moment" skills. Can you keep yourself focused on just what you need to do right now, taking one step, one day at a time? Christmas will come, and it will go, and it may not be perfect, but if you start by showing some loving kindness for yourself in the lead up to it, you will not only enjoy yourself a bit more, but be teaching by example to those around you that they don't have to rush either.
Here are just a few tips that I truly hope will help you to enjoy your Christmas experience:
- Give yourself the gift of not rushing. Start your day by consciously deciding to move at a pace you are comfortable with, trusting that everything will still be done.
- Be honest. If there are things you just don't feel like doing, find a way to express this that feels loving, but respects you first. If you'd love some help with something, find a way to ask. One of my lovely neighbours said to me this week, as we were all helping each other navigate some skittery sheep into yards, "helping each other is what we're here for". I couldn't agree more.
- Think about excess. Think about what you and your loved ones really need this Christmas, and put them in order of priority. It could be things like: connection, time, listening, love, nourishment, music, games, adventure, rest, laughs...whatever will make you feel good.
- Try not to project forward to next year already, planning how you are going to change things, be better, try harder, solve your problems. Just allow yourself to be. Trust yourself.
- Smile. In the mirror, at yourself. You are amazing.