12 Days of Christmas and Looking After Yourself

Hi guys! In today’s post, I am giving 12 tips for the 12 days of Christmas, to help look after yourself in this busy Christmas season.

Day 1: Buy the Cleanmarine Krill Oil

Invest in this supplement 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 spirits 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

 

Day 2: 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/

Or also downloads the app “Calm”. This is a great relaxation app.

Day 3: 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 4: Challenge your thoughts

In Cognitive behavioural therapy, it believes that it’s not a situation that triggers how we feel and what we do, but rather what we think about the situation. For example are you using any of the thinking errors?

  • Catastrophizing: Seeing only the worst possible outcomes of a situation
  • Mind Reading: Interpreting the thought and beliefs of others without adequate evidence. “She would not go on a date with me. She probably thinks I’m ugly.”
  • Labelling: You label yourself or others by terms such as “lazy”, “stupid”, “fat”, “loser”, stating them like they are facts. Labelling can affect your self-esteem and self-worth.

You can check all of these thinking errors in this blog post: https://reachoutwithniamh.com/2016/11/04/identifying-your-negative-thoughts/

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Day 5: Distinguish between productive and unproductive worries

Distinguish between what worries you have control over and the ones you don’t. No matter how much you worry about something that is out of your control, it’s not going to change it.

If the worst case scenario does happen, you won’t have the energy or the clear mind to be able to deal with it if you allow the worry to consume you before it actually happens. As you can see it’s a vicious cycle.

Day 6: Accept some invitations that come your way

Christmas time is a busy time of the year, it can feel like it is all work. That’s why it is important to say yes to some invitations over Christmas.

Day 7: Get into the Christmas spirit

Go to some Christmas markets. I can recommend the one in Cork, it has a Ferris wheel, with lovely Christmas markets with Mulled wine for the adults and fun things to do for the kids. Or have a movie night and watch a Christmas movie.

Day 8: Invest in the happiness planner

The Happiness Planner is a planner and journal designed to help you create more happiness and fulfillment in life by embracing the power of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. It is on the pricey side but I think it is defently worth the money. Or they do also have a happiness app, which they allow you to try for a few weeks free.

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Day 9: Download the headspace app

Headspace is an app that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training.

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Day 10: 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!

 

Day 11: Meet a friend for lunch

Christmas time can be either extremely stressful or a very hard time of the year for some. Don’t forget to socialise. Meeting a friend for lunch or just a coffee can be a great distraction from other things going on in your life. You might be able to confide in them or release some of your stress on to them.

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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.

Niamh-Psychotherapist xx 

 

 

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