#4 GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF TIME
What about giving yourself the gift of a quiet Christmas? There’s space for that too in December. Perhaps you can take a day off and turn your back on the everyday just for a few hours. It’s particularly good to spend time in the great outdoors – on quiet hiking trails, in the glistening snow or in the forests surrounding the city. Or you can make yourself comfortable at home with a favourite book, a cup of tea and a cosy blanket. You can find some small, but highly effective tips for feeling good at home here. #5 WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY...
...shouldn’t be put off until tomorrow! Who doesn’t know this old pearl of wisdom, one that contains so much truth? The very fact that we want a peaceful run-up to Christmas can mean that we leave it all until the last moment. Things get stressful just before the present-giving: Where are the winter roses? Have we got everything for Christmas dinner? Have the presents been wrapped? Do the neighbours have time to exchange Christmas greetings?
A little preparation can save a lot of stress. At the start of the Advent season, write a list of everything you’d like to get done by Christmas, then take the time to get everything organised. There is also no reason why you shouldn’t start baking biscuits earlier, have an aperitif with friends a few days beforehand or shop for the Christmas dinner items a little time before Christmas Eve.
A mindful approach to Advent often requires no more than consciously taking some time, listening to yourself, arranging matters and having the courage to take a step back. Practising this at Christmas will also make it easier to switch off in everyday life. We wish you a truly quiet and peaceful Advent season, and may you still feel the magic – just as you used to!