At this time of year when we finally have time to spend with family and friends, we still need to remember to take care of ourselves. Even with some time off of work, this festive season can be overwhelming. Between attending parties and organising Christmas, I find that I have less and less time to myself. There are many different ways to ensure that you remain in keeping with the Christmas spirit. Not to mention the need to stay up to date on your chosen to-do lists.
From biscuits to brownies, to pastries to cakes, baking is a great way to find time for yourself. Put on some of your favourite Christmas music or that chosen movie that truly kindles your love for Christmas. The whole experience of baking can be one of the most relaxing activities. Not only can it help you to relax, but it can also be a productive use of time. The feeling of accomplishment at baking something for either you or your friends or family adds to the frantic festive fun – in a good way.
Decrease Stress Through Decorating
Decorating not only your house but also your Christmas tree can help you to unwind. Take your time to perfectly organise your baubles or just place them wherever you think they look good. The finished result will help you relax. Just imagine having a relaxing view of your Christmas tree, helping you to easily forget about the stresses of the day. This will inspire the same serotonin which we all get from driving around at night and seeing all of the beautiful Christmas lights but from the comfort of your own home.
Ready to Read?
One of the best ways to relax is through reading. Any book can help you to relax, as long as you separate it from things on your to-do list. If you pick a book to read for pleasure, it can help transport you to a different world. One in which you no longer remember anything which may have caused tension in your life. Is there anything more festive and relaxing than sitting by a fire, cuddled up in a blanket and reading a book with a cup of hot chocolate?
Despite the stress that comes from picking out the perfect present, the actual wrapping process can be surprisingly relaxing. Sit down at the kitchen table with everything you need and get started. Put on some Christmas music, have some snacks and a hot drink, and you are good to go. Choose your ribbon and paper and make them all look amazing! Wrapping gifts are a proven and fruitful use of your time. Especially when you see the look on your loved one’s faces when you give them your gifts.
All in all, the majority of your Christmas to-do list can be transformed into enjoyable and relaxing activities. The important thing is to get creative. Think about the things which help you to relax and find a way to incorporate them into your chosen Christmas routine. No matter how frantic the festive season can get, keep one eye on the true meaning of Christmas; enjoy spending time with friends and family before the hectic essence of the New Year arises.