12 Days to look after yourself over Christmas

Hi guys! Today’s post is about looking after yourself over the next 12 days of Christmas. Christmas can be a stressful time of the year and it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of it. So, below I have included 12 tips that you can do for each day.

Day 1: Buy a present for yourself

Christmas isn’t just about treating others, it’s about treating ourselves as well. Is there anything that you have been dying to buy or something you’ve really been needing to buy yourself? Today’s task is to go and buy yourself something that you’ve been wanting. Find something that makes you happy and BUY IT!

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Day 2: Plan ahead

Christmas can be an overwhelming time, stress can be at its highest around this time of the year. Today, plan everything you need to do, sit down and make a list of everything that needs to get done or that you need to buy before Christmas. Then, plan out when you will be able to get these done.

Planning for New Years is also a good idea. I’ve heard of a lot of people disliking new years for many reasons. Try planning what you might like to do in advance, maybe you’d like to stay at home or maybe you’d like to go away for the night. If so, start planning it early, hotels and restaurants book up very quickly for New Year’s!

Day 3: Get engrossed in a movie

The cold weather is a great excuse to curl up in front of the TV and enjoy a good movie. Whether to escape into a Christmas fairy-tale, or laugh at a cheesy Romantic, watching a film is a great way to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

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Day 4: Meet up with a friend

Today, contact a friend/sibling/cousin, anyone you enjoy spending time with. Go for lunch or a movie and catch up! Or invite them over for a chat. Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. It’s common to feel lonely around this time of the year, so remember that simply being around people whose company you enjoy is good for your mental health and can take your mind off things.

Day 5: Buy this Vitamin

Invest in a VITAMIN that contains Krill Oil with Vitamin B. The omegas in the krill help the brains natural ability to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a large role in our mood, learning, appetite control, and sleep.

So taking out the fancy lingo, basically, when serotonin is produced it helps regulate your moods. Christmas time can be an emotional time for a lot of people and it can be stressful which can result in low moods. That is why this vitamin is good to take during this time of the year, it helps to boost your spirts again naturally.

The brand I recommend is the Cleanmarine Krill Oil. These are available in pharmacies across the country or online at http://www.cleanmarine.ie

 

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Day 6: 10 minutes of peace and relaxation

It can seem like you can’t even spare five minutes, let alone ten minutes a day during the holidays to devote to relaxation. But it may be imperative for your mental health. As I have stated above, stress around this time of the year can be at its highest.

It is important to be mindful of this and to look after yourselves by finding some relaxing time. Below is a link to one of my posts giving some relaxation techniques.

https://reachoutwithniamh.com/2016/11/17/relaxation-techniques/

Day 7: Buy a self-help book this Christmas

Buy yourself a self-help book to read over the Christmas season. Weather you’re looking for motivation, confidence, ways to build your happiness, dealing with anxiety and many more, there are so many self-help books out there. My Christmas read at the moment is Tony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within.

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Day 8: Five reasons to be Grateful

Sit down and write down five things that you are grateful for this Christmas. If you imagine the absence of the good things that you normally take for granted, imagine how it would feel not to have those small but yet valuable things in your life. You’d be surprised how you’d feel without them.

Day 9: Eat well

Christmas can be a time of over indulgence, but what we eat can sometimes impact on how we can feel. For example, too much sugar can have a noticeable effect on your mental health and well-being in the short and long term.

Food is fuel, and the kinds of foods and drinks you consume determine the types of nutrients in your system, this impacts how well your mind and body are able to function. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of over indulgence, but a good tip is to balance this out over the festive period.

Day 10: Try out a bit of exercise

It’s no surprise that the cold weather and short days are not the greatest motivation to get you out of bed and out exercising! But research shows that doing exercise releases chemicals in your body that can help regulate your moods. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you to concentrate and help with your sleep.

Exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time from the stress around Christmas. This doesn’t have to be anything extreme, a small walk down the road can do wonders.

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Day 11: Get Creative

Try out something you don’t normally do. Here are some suggestions, baking, yoga, meditation, walking, reading and many more. Learning new things can be excellent for you’re your mental health.

Day 12: Forget perfection

Remember it’s your Christmas too, so try to relax and enjoy it.  If you are finding others around you difficult, then try to rise above the situation.  If things don’t go to plan try not to worry too much, instead laugh about them and make them into fun memories that you can talk about during Christmases to come. Focus your energy on enjoying the people in your life.

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Niamh-Psychotherapist xx

 

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