There is a solution to live this holiday season serenely: meditation. Use these different techniques to help you focus on the present moment and release the pressure accumulated during these particularly busy days.
It’s fine to be a perfectionist
The Christmas meal is the peak of the festive season. Obviously, we want this meal to be a success, from the choice of dishes and wine to the decoration of the table. With so many decisions to make and elements to prepare, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed as we aim to host a Christmas to remember. This desire to do well motivates us and shouldn’t be considered as negative, despite the stress it often causes.
It is actually healthier to accept this perfectionist attitude that you are building during this period. Accepting this reality will make you feel more relaxed about the fact that you go to great lengths because you want to do the right thing for your loved ones. To leave any feelings of anxiety aside, follow this relaxation method:
Lying or standing, in a comfortable and natural position, focus your attention on different parts of your body, one by one, becoming aware of the different areas in which stress accumulated. Then contract your muscles, holding your breath for a few seconds, and slowly exhale all the accumulated air while relaxing your muscles.
The purpose of this exercise is to visualise yourself exhaling your problems and worries with every breath. Cleansing yourself of any negative ideas. It’ll help you reject every thought that is lingering in your minds and stressing you during this holiday season, preventing you from being more relaxed.
Declutter your mind for a stress-free day
Around Christmas, it’s easy to get lost in the long list of tasks you need to accomplish. To avoid overthinking and declutter your mind, follow this method for immediate relaxation:
As you feel the stress rising, take a few long, deep breaths. As you inhale and exhale, focus on the movement of your chest. Place your hand on your belly and feel each breath as you exhale deeply. This will help you calm down and allow you to focus more effectively on the here and now.
Select your priorities to stay better organised
It’s normal to struggle with staying on top of all the tasks you had planned when there is so much to do and think about! Instead of stressing, take a moment for yourself to collect your thoughts; put pen to paper and try to make sense of everything you need to do. It’s not always easy to make a list, when the number of things to do seems endless, prioritising tasks will make you feel much better!
Make lists by category to better organise yourself. On each list identify 3 absolute priorities and only keep the other elements if you have time to do them. This will allow you to distinguish what is really essential from false obligations and will clear your mind.
Relieve your body to feel fully energised on the day
On Christmas day, if the tensions accumulated by these long preparations start to exhaust you physically, it is time to relieve your body of these pressures.
As soon as you get out of bed, take a few minutes to stretch gently. Stretch your arms as far as possible in front of you, then bring them back to you quickly and hug yourself by bringing your arms back around your shoulders. Hold this position for a few seconds and repeat these movements 5 times, or until you feel fully relaxed.
In a nutshell, it’s really easy to forget about yourself during this time of the year, as you are busy getting caught up in all the other activities to please your loved ones. So, take a break and devote yourself to activities you love, whether it’s watching an episode of your favourite show, going for a jog, or just taking a short nap on your idyll mattress, it’s up to you, the possibilities are endless!