Merry Christmas dear reader! It is Christmas day, and I want to wish you all the happiness and joy of the season.
I know how hectic it has been so far, and exhilarating and fun too. Reuniting with friends and family over dinners. Decorating your home. Shopping and prepping for everything!
And today is “The Day”. You deserve to sit back and relax. Take a deep breath. Say a little thank you and appreciate things as they unfold around you. Stay in the moment and enjoy whatever it brings.
And, when tomorrow comes, I want you to know that it will be just as magical.
With all the family gone and the home in a state of disarray, it is natural for you to feel a little disoriented, lost and confused. And added to that if you have overindulged in your favourite food this season, and/or let health take a backseat, you may end up feeling a little meh too. This is why I have prepared a list of things to follow that are bound to make your day after Christmas a little less gloomy and more cheerful.
- Start your day with a super positive refocus. This means a quick routine of yoga followed by a 15-minute-long bout of meditation, out in the yard or in a garden. This will help you energize for the mission ahead and keep you happily distracted from getting sentimental.
- A nice longer-than-usual bath should have you refreshed. I recommend that you use bath salts and essential oils generously. A few scented candles and good ambient music is a must to lift those spirits and keep them high.
- Next, fix yourself a healthy breakfast. Include a super nutritious smoothie with the goodness of blueberries, yogurt, banana, macadamia nuts and more. Carefully and consciously avoid unhealthy and oily foods.
- Take short breaks throughout the day and between chores. Find the “me” time. Find some time to call and reconnect with people who made a difference to you. Read the letters and cards people gave you, and draft responses. Write long messages to people whom you missed.
- Hydrate well. Drink plenty of fluids and water. Carry a bottle along with you as you clean up or do work around the house, and take sips intermittently. This will help you flush out all the accumulated toxins and also keep you from feeling tired early.
- Sing songs and play peppy music. Music is a great accompaniment to any task. Lively music adds zest and energy, and improves the mood significantly.
- Take a break from the monotony of the tasks at hand and step out. I highly recommend a brisk walk or stroll during the evening and out in the garden. Find your running shoes, sneakers and/or exercise gear. Keep your mind away from the chores and tasks and on more positive subjects as you walk.
- Don’t imagine that you will complete all chores at once. This is usually what causes people to breakdown or exhaust themselves. Work until you are not too tired, know when to quit and save some tasks for the next day.
- Scan through the pictures and videos, the “new memories” you have created. Remind yourself of all the fun moments, and the experiences that you have had. Look at pictures deeply, especially those which were taken while you were busy elsewhere.
- Think of those who are a little less fortunate, those who are without the basic necessities and those who are struggling merely to survive. Give, donate and do charity. Keep to the spirit of the season and do good.
And finally, keep up the positivity and the motivation. The season is far from over yet. There are tons of parties to attend even as the new year approaches. But this time do a healthy take, and keep to your resolutions!