Take Time Out This Christmas
During this festive season, amidst the hustle of shopping, wrapping gifts, and holiday gatherings, time seems to slip away. Even online shopping at home offers little respite from overwhelming to-do lists. But it doesn't have to be this way. Burnout and constant busyness shouldn't be badges of honour. When was the last time you allowed yourself to do nothing? Why do we feel compelled to be constantly busy?
Brene Brown reminds us that ‘saying yes to play takes courage in a culture that glorifies exhaustion’.
Healing Through Nature
Nature holds immense healing power. Slow down to notice smells, sounds, and feelings. Embrace being "unbusy" (Lettie Stratton). Fresh air and nature are hugely underestimated for its health benefits, but fresh air is so good for our mental and physical health. Try and get out in the fresh air, even if it's 10 minutes for a quick walk, it really will give you a pick me up. It not only improves your mood, but it also reduces anxiety and stress. As well as providing a boost for your immune system. These are just a few ways walking outdoors can make you feel better.
Happiness is not in another place, but in this place right here, right now… Not in another hour in this hour, (Walt Whitman). We live in a truly beautiful world with some amazing people, just take the time to spend time with them having a conversation.
Creating Meaningful Connections
This Christmas and all year let’s normalise real, honest conversations, then listen genuinely to what people say. There are so many things you can do to bring some happiness and joy to your life. Like having that cuppa with someone you care about and having open, honest conversations about how you're feeling. Why not schedule some time when you finally make time for a much-needed catchup with a friend, family member, or work colleague? Life isn't perfect but it's made better with social connections.
One of the greatest illusions is that life should be perfect, (Charley Macksey).