The Christmas holidays can feel like both a blessing and a curse.
For those of us who celebrate it or at least get to have a break over the festive season, it is the one time of the year when everything seems to slow down. And this is an incredible opportunity to give ourselves the permission to slow down, focus on rest and connect with loved ones.
On the other hand, the holiday period can also feel like a curse.
Close proximity with family members often means little alone time or a lot of compromising.
Maybe we’re not able to be with loved ones, for whatever reasons. Or are grieving lost ones and lost relationships.
The change in routine and food habits can also make us feel quite vulnerable and triggered during that time of the year.
Expectations also play a big part in how the Christmas holidays make us feel.
The issue is, when we don’t know how to navigate these challenges, the temptation may just be that we want to survive this holiday season, instead of using this time to slow down, reinvigorate and thrive.
There is nothing wrong with you if you feel a mix of emotions over Christmas, and just want to get through to it. On the other hand, there is another way, a way to help find inner peace, and joy and cultivate connection this Christmas.
Here are some tips & coaching questions to help you thrive this Christmas:
Tip 1: Pay attention to your body
Your body is the visible part of your psyche. If you ignore it, you will miss out on important signals. Ensuring that you regularly check in with who you are feeling will help you regulate and answer any needs you may have. Are you drinking enough water? Eating nutritious food? Moving sufficiently? Just because it’s Christmas it doesn’t mean you need to throw away all of your eating, and exercising habits.