Amidst the madness of the holiday season, it’s easy to get so caught up in planning the perfect Christmas Day that we miss out on the opportunity to focus on the things that matter most.
It’s one of the few times during the year where everything shuts down for a few days, the kids are home from nursery, no one is in the office and family and friends are all in one place. These three things never normally happen at the same time... I tried to plan a catch up with a friend of mine recently and between work, kids and the distance between where we both live after about 6 or 7 proposed dates, we eventually gave up and just decided to get together over Christmas.
I know this time of year presents a rare opportunity to spend time with loved ones and actually take a moment to appreciate the things I’m normally too busy running around to notice. But instead, there’s a tendency for it to become about shopping lists and what to cook and organising and wrapping paper….yes, wrapping paper…And what’s more, these things suddenly become all-encompassing and weirdly stressful.
So, how to create the space?
This year Emma and I have really been focusing on becoming more mindful. As I’ve written about before, I’m a big believer in intention setting and the power of meditation for staying present and enjoying the moment. Here are a few things I’ll be keeping in mind over the next few weeks ( my mini-mantras if you will)
Slow Down— Have you ever noticed how around the Holiday Season otherwise sane, and rational drivers on the road become insane. What’s the rush?
Let Things Go—When the aforementioned lunatics on the road cuts you off in the parking lot outside John Lewis… just let it go. Don’t allow little things to get in the way of all the good stuff.
Breathe—Don’t underestimate the power of the breath, taking the time to consciously breathe has a grounding effect and will actually calm your body.
Keep Plans Simple— Ok. This is a big one, as much the people you love will appreciate an elaborate meal or extravagant party, the important thing is spending time together (Shameless plug: if you want to keep your makeup simple… why not try our Mascara, CODE VLM or lip treatment CODE LIP)
Giving— Especially when you have a little one, the present thing becomes a thing, but it really is the thought that counts. It’s important to remember that giving comes in other forms as well, from giving to those less fortunate to giving a compliment. Embrace it.
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