Christmas is on its way whether we like it or not. I do not tend to feel festive or play songs etc until December 1st. You can have too much of a good thing. But it can also be a stressful time whether it is because you have money worries, suffer anxiety, lonely or unwell. So it is important to take time out and unwind. And here are my top tips on how.
Make sure the home is a peaceful, tranquil place. If you decorate your house like a grotto have at least one room where its a bit less festive. Then when it gets a bit too much you have somewhere to go to just breathe for a bit.
Indulge yourself in your favourite movies or sing along to your favourite singers. Learning how to just enjoy your own company is a key component of being able to unwind.
Make your bedroom a tranquil place. Switch off the technology at least an hour before bed. Turn off the TV. Keep the room at an appropriate temperature – neither too hot or too cold. Keep a window open to allow fresh air to circulate as central heating can be drying to the air.
I love Christmas shopping but standing around in hot shops and long queues can be trying. I know its just an excuse for a festive drink, but unwind with that gingerbread latte even for 20 minutes. It will relax and rejuvenate you for the next round of present buying!
Meet up with friends. Unwind with them over some drinks to celebrate Christmas, your friendship, a birthday or bring in the New Year. Whatever the occasion, chatting and laughing with friends is a tonic.
Go for a walk.
“Autumn leaves when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell….”
Crunching through leaves in a park or just along the pavement is relaxing and the crispness of the air is good for your lungs. Breathe in that fresh air and feel your body relax and your mind feel lighter.
If you want more pampering tips I wrote a post about it which you can find here
Go forth and unwind!