Tis the season to be jolly – as the famous Deck the Halls lyrics go… but as much as Christmas is a season of joy, merriment and celebration, it can also be stressful. With the financial burden of buying gifts and cooking large feasts on top of potentially having to manage tense family dynamics, it is not unusual to enter this festive season with a certain level of stress and anticipation.
So, as much as we cannot change the external factors that happen around us this Christmas, there are things we can do to manage stress internally. In this article, I will be sharing with you five tips for managing this stress in order to make this festive period a time of joy.
How we treat ourselves sets the standard for others. As Rupi Kaur writes in her collection of poems Milk and Honey, ‘how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you’. Having a strong sense of self-worth is not only the foundation for healthy relationships, but also for our overall wellbeing. Believing in ourselves enables us to break free from self-imposed boundaries fostered by doubt and allows us to live a more authentic and courageous life. In a society that values selflessness, practising acts of self-love may sometimes feel silly or selfish. We’ve listed five ways you can fall in love with yourself, with the hope to inspire you on your journey to self-acceptance…
Rituals are a fantastic way to boost happiness and create a grounded, calming sense of being in the world. Creating rituals out of positive habits can help us become more present, create more awareness and more appreciation for what we love.