The festive season is nearly here! How are you feeling about it? Self-care is most powerful when it responds to what you are experiencing in the moment. With this in mind, I’ve come up with a couple of things to avoid so you can cultivate a state of peace during the advent season.
1. Curating happiness instead of chasing perfectionism
Having some comfort and luxuries isn’t a bad thing, but be careful not to slip into control-mode and perfectionism. You don’t need all the perfectly dressed family singing around a perfectly decorated tree to make it extra special. Think about how you want to feel, and make space for it.
2. Mindfulness instead of worrying about the state of the world
We are living through extraordinary times. What next year will bring is written in the stars. When you feel yourself future tripping and fearing the worst, practice the art of serenity. Consciously step away from the hullabaloo for a few minutes, hours or maybe even days. Turn your gaze to the good and the beautiful. Give more importance to the here & now, because the only way to positively influence the future is by consciously shaping the present.
3. Conscious enjoyment instead of overindulgence
Even if gingerbread hearts, mulled wine and fondue make life worth living, be aware of the difference between feeling good and eating above your capacity. When we overindulge, we skip past the pleasurable feelings that these things can bring, and crash into lethargy and sometimes even sickness.
4. Selected social media detox instead of excessive media consumption
In our modern lifestyles, many of us are absorbing information all throughout the day without even realising it. When our brain is overloaded with things it needs to rationalise, contemplation gets pushed out. Why not use this festive season to reconnect with the more reflective and creative parts of yourself?
5. Getting out into nature instead of home office cocooning
It’s super tempting to stay in your home office cocoon, but it’s not healthy. Walks in nature are excellent for your body, mind and soul.
If despite all the good intentions, December gets too overwhelming, join me for the 21-day sugar-detox & meditation challenge starting on 2 January 2022: https://heidihauer.com/challenge/