1. Try making your Christmas presents
Rushing around the busy shops looking for last-minute gifts is far from relaxing. Why not try something more mindful and sustainable this year? You can make all kinds of personal and special gifts at home and enjoy yourself at the same time. You could try making some edible gifts or get crafty this Christmas with some homemade decorations.
Why not put some festive music on, sip a cup of something hot, and take your time to make your gifts? Wrapping mindfully is also soothing, and your friends and family will appreciate the effort of a handmade gift.
2. Eat slowly and enjoy the taste
Christmas can be a time of excess. Eating too much too quickly, and then feeling bloated and uncomfortably full. But eating slowly can be mindful, and you can enjoy your food more that way. Try to notice the smells, tastes, and textures of what you eat and drink.
Savouring your meal can help you to notice when you’re full and prevent digestive discomfort. You could also try mindful drinking this year, to help you feel your best.
3. Take some time out
It’s easy to get swept up in the festivities, going from one thing to another. But this can cause you to feel stressed and may prevent you from sleeping well. Taking little mini breaks during the festive season can help to reset your nervous system. And it needn’t take long.
You could try sitting quietly with your eyes closed and taking five slow, deep breaths. Or consider taking the time to have a warm bath, which has been shown to reduce stress. Even better, take a book with you, as reading can also help you to relax.
4. Get outside
When its cold outside, it’s tempting to stay indoors watching festive films, which leads to sitting down for long periods of time. But taking a leisurely walk outside can help to regulate your sleep/ wake cycle, boost your mood, and reduce stress.
So, wrap up warm, take a flask of hot tea, and find somewhere in nature to take a Christmas stroll. You could try turning your phone off and taking notice of your surroundings. Look out for festive birds such as robins. Birdwatching has been shown to bring you into the moment and help you to let go of worries.
5. Make time for fun
As a child you probably had plenty of time for fun and play at Christmas time. But as adults, we can get stuck into chores and responsibilities instead. Play brings you into the present moment and helps you to feel joyful and carefree.
Studies have shown that having fun can reduce your anxiety and boost your mood. Try playing with a dog, throwing snowballs, or doing Christmas games.