After a nice long chat with one of dear friends yesterday we both realised that at this time of year not only is it imperative that we are spending time with the people that we love and cherish but it is also a time where you need to look after YOU. The word stress isn’t something that you would think should be associated with the festive season but you know what it can be one the most stressful times of the year.
Over the years the pressure of getting that perfect gift seems to have skyrocketed where as the pressure to value friendship, love and goodwill has plummeted. This is just wrong. The festive season is one where we should be surrounding ourselves with family, friends and the warmth and love that all of the above bring. The 4 U’s of Christmas are incredibly important when thinking about how to care for yourself and those around you.
Time to run yourself a nice hot bath, light some candles and get some fresh pyjamas ready. It is time to turn off your phones, laptops and any other technology and really and truly take a break from life on the outside world. When you switch off not only are you giving your eyes a rest but also your brain.
TALK. Taking time out of your life to sit down and have a conversation with a close friend or even someone who is completely unconnected to your life and friendship groups. When you start to talk you will notice that the things you were most unwilling to let loose will just slip out and you will begin to feel much better about the most difficult situations.
This also applies to not taking on responsibility for other peoples problems with life as this can really make you feel down for no reason whatsoever. When you let all of this go you will feel like a weight has been lifted and you may even feel a little renewed.
Sometimes you need to understand that it really is not the time to be around other people. Everyone has their own issues in life and sometimes they just need a little bit of space. Personally being an only child I know that I enjoy my own company more than I enjoy spending time with most people, luckily for me I have a pretty great group of friends who also understand this.
Understanding also comes from knowing yourself and knowing when to slow down and take some time out for yourself. Understanding when it is time for you to let your body take a break.
Under My Duvet
Just do it!
From one of my friends to me and all of you
‘Make sure “U” take some time out for “U” so “U” can be the best “U” that “U” can be this Christmas. Love yourself today so you can share that love with others around you.
Merry Christmas Y’All!