1. Do Christmas your way!
Traditions are what you make them – some people have turkey 🍗with trimmings, others choose Chinese takeaway. Some share presents 🎁 in abundance, others share their presence. Don’t compare what you do with others – it’s your day, do it your way.
2. Smile until it’s contagious.
Smiles 😃 bring warmth, support, empathy, love and best of all they’re free. Creating your own smile forces your physiology to change too and when you grin and you pass that on to someone else – serotonin (as well as dopamine and endorphins) increase and scientifically you’ll both feel warm and fuzzy!
3. Give without expectation.
Your time, your undiluted attention, a meal, a present, love and kindness. Contribution is one of our six human needs – serving others without expectation will fill your cup exponentially. 💓
4. Have awareness.
The holiday season magnifies everything – the plates are piled higher 🥞, houses shine brighter, ovens are the cleanest they’ve ever been for the messiest cook of the year. But feelings are magnified too, love is shared in abundance but loss and loneliness 😢is also felt more than ever. Invite a neighbour to join you, send a card to let someone know you’re thinking of them, make a special phone call overseas.
5. Set social media aside.
Easier said than done these days – but on Christmas 🎄Day,when you visit loved ones,schedule time away from your phone 📱 , away from social media and enjoy really listening, truly watching facial expressions. It‘s the little things that make all the difference.
6. Schedule a moment for you!
Before the hustle and bustle or when it’s nearing an end – make time for a moment for you. It could be a walk with the dog around the block before everyone wakes up, a bubble bath 🛁 when they’ve all gone to bed. A five minute – head out the window moment to stop overwhelm or a planned meditation before bed. If you schedule it, it will happen and it’ll keep you going when it can all get too much.
7. Have “asstitude” (Yep…keep reading)
There’s never been a better excuse to play Shakin’ Stevens or Mariah because, just like smiling, shaking your ass to your favourite music 🕺🏻💃or shaking it randomly will not only embarrass your kids but will get the whole room smiling. Encourage them to join in and feel the atmosphere and the attitudes in the room electrify with feel good factor. It’s scientifically proven… google it!
8. Be unapologetically you.
Be authentic, be honest, be yourself. If people don’t like it – quite simply – they’re not your people. 🤷🏼
9. Don’t get overwhelmed with ‘New Years Resolutions’
Change 💫 is difficult and it’s a process. It, takes practise, it takes failure, resilience, grit and determination. If you really want to make change, start with the why, consider your core values and choose one thing that will bring you closer to that goal. Set small targets and review your success continually – that way you’ll be motivated to keep going. Our brain doesn’t like change – it’s neurologically programmed to choose comfort, so set small targets, strengthen the new pathways you’re creating by chipping away consistently and rewarding your success as you go.
10. Give gratitude
Gratitude 🙏🏻 that you survived the day. Gratitude that you didn’t burn the house down or poison granny with your cooking. Gratitude that the kids are tucked up in bed and it’s time for a glass of wine, your favourite movie and some Ferrero Rocher. Gratitude for the memories you’ve created 💓.