So how do you keep yourself in ‘Good Elf’ as we head towards this festive season? (Sorry, but I could not resist the pun).
Christmas, for those that celebrate it, can mean many different things to different people. In my previous post, ‘Do you run the day or does the day run you?’ I outline some key tips to help you manage your time and energy which you may find useful during this time of year.
But enough about the stress and hassle that Christmas can bring, what about the good bits?
Stop and reflect?
For me, it allows me time to stop and reflect on what has happened over the past year and have some mind-space to start to think about what I want to achieve next year. Tip: I go easy with myself instead of forcing these questions, sometimes just asking yourself before you go to sleep, ‘What is it that I want?’, a few times, will allow ideas to percolate through to your consciousness. It is amazing when you look back over the year how much may have changed for you. Even though it can be busy time of year, many people find it a good time to ‘psychologically’ wind-down safe in the knowledge that many daily activities will stop, allowing room for new thoughts and ideas to occur.
Appreciation and gratitude
Many people are not in a comfortable, or fortunate position at Christmas so the season presents us with time to express gratitude and appreciation for what we have in our lives already. Instead of wanting ‘more’, appreciate what we currently ‘have’. Getting into a feeling of gratitude creates such as good layer of feel good emotions, that when practised regularly, we can attract more of what we desire into our lives. Tip: trying writing down five things at the end of everyday that you are grateful for. You may struggle at first but with some practise, you will find there is always something to be grateful for, and by acknowledging this, you will start to notice more and more that you can be grateful for.
Connecting with others
It also enables me to connect with friends and family that I may not have seen over the year. What can I give to others? This doesn’t necessarily mean gifts or presents. It could be your time, your patience, and your help with something. Who can I really connect with today? How can I contribute to someone else’s happiness?
What’s your definition?
If you struggle with the festive season, what all the craziness and noise means, maybe take time this year to reflect on what this time of year means to you. There are many different interpretations you can apply, and they may change with different things that happen during your life. Is it a time to bask in solitude, spend time with friends and family, have tons of fun, give to charity or volunteer, reinforce your spiritual or religious beliefs? Declutter everything ready for the next year? Just escaping from it all for a while? Sleeping? Relaxing? There is no one size fits all.
Figure out what the season means to you, and go do that.
And on that note – pass me a mince pie someone please!!
Enjoy the festive season whatever you are doing!