So, the festive period can be the most stressful period of the year. it can instigate separation or divorce with couples spending an increased amount of pressured time together or re-evaluating their relationship over this time of family time and what they want in the New Year, to come. Another rising trend over the period is domestic violence possibly heightened by the combination of financial pressure, raised alcohol consumption, cabin fever, hyperactivity, exhaustion etc whatever the reason or motive pressures are manifold.
A lot of people will be booking time off for the festive period but may still feel pressured to continue to work through, it may be a busy time in the office or for their sector, with folk still answering emails, taking calls or even completing projects or reports as they have a block of time off.
We won't even get into the Christmas diet! Food & drink consumption is guaranteed to be excessive with rich fatty foods, sugar increase and alcohol with an equivalent calorific value to lard being the norm and therefore thrashing our poor livers and digestion system!
With all the bad news highlighted above it is essential that we actually use the festive period for self care, nurturing ourselves, building up immunity, resting and recuperating from busy and stressful episodes culminating throughout the year. Thats the physical self care in a nutshell, the equally important mental self care can often be overlooked and neglected. Meditation and mindfulness can help calm the mind from the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic overload. Using meditation and mindfulness we can also evaluate the previous year and making positive plans and changes for the year ahead.
Focusing on the positives and achievable outcomes is the way forward, the past is just that ...the past! Plan an exciting journey for the year ahead that supports you to be your best and manifest the good that is awaiting for you
Happy Christmas One & All
Blessed be xx