A lot of us love to read about the gift guides, what to do at Christmas, date nights and so on (quite like some of the posts I have posted). Yes these are great posts to write and to read and you can get a lot of ideas from them.
However, I want to write a post that talks about our health and well-being during this time because it is not always just a joyous time. As much as we all dream and would love it to be, for some it is not the best time.
12 ways to look after your well-being this Christmas!
Christmas can be a stressful and busy time for everyone and so it is important that we remember to take that step back and look after ourselves too. Here are 12 ways to look after your well-being at Christmas…
Christmas is a busy and stressful time as I have mentioned, therefore remember to slow down and relax sometimes.
It is ok to take that time out to go for a walk, have a dance around the house, listen to some music, read a book, have a bath whatever it is that will help you slow down. These will all help you to pace yourself and enjoy Christmas that little bit more.
I have mentioned previously that it is so important to plan ahead. For example, set out your budget list and who you will be buying for, and begin this shopping early! By shopping early this will ultimately result in you finishing your shopping early and this means you can enjoy the Christmas period so much more without worrying about buying presents.
In addition, planning ahead can also mean planning in time for those parties, events or anything that might occur around this time (not so much this year I know). Make sure you are not doing too much and understand that it is ok to say “no” to things you don’t want to do.
Focus on you
Expanding slightly on the point I was making above, Christmas can be a time where you do a lot of what everyone else wants you to do. Therefore, make sure you schedule or find time to do things that you enjoy as well.
Christmas is a lovely time and we should all find things we enjoy and make the most of them. It could be visiting markets, going shopping by yourself or just going out by yourself. Do more things for you.
I know all we want to do when it get’s colder is run inside and wrap up warm with a hot chocolate in hand. However, getting outdoors is important for our well-being and to help us experience the natural light and environment/world outside of our home.
Especially right now where we are stuck indoors much more than usual it is important for you to just get yourself out there even for 10 minutes of your day. I promise you it will make the whole world of difference!
Similarly, to the point above not only is getting outdoors essential but so is keeping yourself active. Waking up and doing a 10 minute workout or even a workout that fits with your times and schedule is important. Not only will it help you begin your day well, but keeping active has so many benefits on our well-being and mental health!
I personally love to run and this still continues throughout the winter period too. I actually prefer running in the winter because the air feels so much clearer and my body feels better.
Share the workload
Don’t take on every responsibility that you can think of. I know we all want to be helpful and nice especially around Christmas, but it can lead to you burning out or feeling drained. These are definitely things we don’t want to feel over the Christmas period.
Therefore, ask for help and spread the work load. Ask someone to go shopping with you, ask someone to help you cook the Christmas dinner. Don’t feel like because you always do something that you have to continue this, and plus sometimes people love to just be involved and asked to help.
Check up on others
Loneliness can be a huge issue over Christmas so check in on your family members, friends, neighbours anyone you can.
We all have to help each other as much as we can, and checking in with others can also help with our well-being as well as someone else’s mental health/well-being.
Making sure you have a decent night sleep is important for your health and well-being. It can help you be more alert, more motivated and better at coping with stress.
Also a better sleep routine around Christmas time will help you get through the amount of shopping you may do and all those Christmas activities.
Sometimes comparisons can be great at motivating us in areas of our lives. However, if we make these comparisons and let them have a negative impact of us then that is when it will be bad for our health or well-being.
Social media, TV or anything can make this worse especially looking at other families or individuals and feeling like we should have presents like they are sharing, or a dinner or even decorations exactly like them. Therefore, limit the social media use (unless I guess it is you job) as much as you can and just enjoy the moment.
Everyone is different and we all have different values of what is important, so don’t compare that with anyone else. Focus on just having a damn good Christmas.
Participate in the local community
I know this year may not be the easiest but there are still things to be a part of or join in with. A couple of years ago I took part in a Santa fun run (5km) and raised money for the local hospice.
You could look into volunteering a couple of hours of your time to helping families, or fighting loneliness by supporting those living by themselves etc. There are loads of ideas and things you can look into for you local community. Not only will it make you feel good and help others, but it will do a lot for you well-being too.
Try not to over-indulge
I know we all think of Christmas as a “screw it it’s Christmas” vibe when it comes to eating or drinking alcohol. However, just try to remember not to over-indulge. Our health is still just as important and this will play a huge role in our well-being.
In saying that make sure you do allow yourself to have a treat in moderation and enjoy your Christmas because it goes both ways. Don’t make yourself feel miserable by not treating yourself and don’t do the same by over treating yourself. Everything is best done in moderation.
Continue those hobbies
As I have mentioned a lot in this post Christmas is a busy and stressful time. Therefore, make sure you keep up those hobbies and still enjoy yourself!
Christmas time should be about having fun, so keep enjoying those hobbies. Plus still finding time to enjoy your hobbies will help a lot when it comes to if you are feeling stressed about Christmas. You could even make your hobbies full of Christmas fun!
There we have it 12 ways to look after your well-being this Christmas! I hope these tips will be useful for you and you can have a magical Christmas.
What are some things you do to help your well-being during this time?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x