It’s that time of the year.
The countdown to Christmas is in full swing, and with it all the frenzy and madness can start to send you in to a real old state which looks and feels nothing like peace and joy.
Here are 7 tips to manage your energy around the Christmas madness:
Just like a tree can’t stand up if it doesn’t have roots, our energy also needs to be grounded to have the right foundations. If we don’t anchor our energy then we will be all over the place. We will feel restless and unsettled.
So take 5-10 minutes at the beginning of each day to ground yourself.
With this I mean connecting yourself to the here are now.
It can be meditating (there are some great guided meditations out there – find a couple that resonate with you), it can be having a walk outside, it can be anything really that makes you feel connected with the earth (which is why it’s a great way to place your feet and hands firmly on the ground).
Lighting a candle, having a cup of tea or coffee outside.
Anything which tunes in with your energy and makes you feel ‘connected’ to the here and now (silencing your mind for a couple of minutes and focusing on your breathing).
Get in to a habit of starting your day with this and see the difference it makes!
2. Pay attention to the signals
Our bodies know what is best for us. And they tell us. The thing is we tend to ignore those subtle signs, and if we keep on doing this, our bodies will do more and more to grab our attention.
So before that happens, start taking notice of the little signs your body is giving you.
Are you feeling tired? Then it’s time to take a break. Sit down, or stop whatever you are doing.
5 minutes of ‘you’ time will do wonders, whereas keeping on at something when you are tired or not coming from the right place will be pointless and a waste of your time.
3. Why speed up?
Look at the bigger picture.
WHY are you doing what you are doing? Why are you rushing? Do you really have to? Does it really matter that much in the bigger scheme of things?
Stop for a minute and look at it from the outside and ask yourself how is joining in the madness going to help you.
Respect your natural rhythm. You know what it is. It’s the one that ’feels’ right.
4. Have some fun
What does Christmas spirit mean to you? What does it feel like?
If it means having a bit more fun, then make sure you inject more fun in to your day.
I am pretty sure that it doesn’t mean spending hours in traffic or queuing in the shops.
Do something that brings a smile to your face and makes you feel more Christmas-sy – whatever that may be, as long as it makes you ‘feel’ as you want to feel and lifts your vibe.
If you don’t have any boundaries or if you have them but don’t keep them, how can you expect other people to see them?
Clients can get sucked in to the ‘this is urgent’ frenzy and start bashing down your boundaries, so be mindful of what feels ok with you and what is going to make you feel drained or stressed.
Christmas time often goes hand-in-hand with family gatherings and when all family is in the same place, it can often be quite stressful rather than that perfect picture we would like it to be in our heads. Some well-or-not-so well-intended comments can really trigger us, so make sure you do have boundaries in place and you respect them, so that no one steps over a line and more damage is done.
Making our boundaries known does not mean we have to do it in a forceful, rude or aggressive way. But by respecting them ourselves, we are sending out the right message, showing that we love and respect ourselves. It’s an inside-out job.
Remember: you are only responsible for what you say and the way in which you say it (as well as what you don’t say).
What are you doing to take care of your own needs? Are you having enough rest? Are you having any ‘you’ time?
Whatever it is that floats your boat, make sure that you do it during this busy time of year.
Even if that is for 10 minutes a day. Something that makes YOU feel special.
‘Cause it is the season to feel special.
And because ‘YOU are worth it’ (hair swish).
Being part of the same family, doesn’t mean you think or feel the same about everything.
Leave your judgements aside and remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Do your best to see it from someone else’s angle, and encourage them to do the same.
Our own truth is true to us.
And that is all that matters.
If you put just one of these tips in to action, you will notice a shift in your energy.
So imagine what will happen if you take all 7 of them on board…