How To Slow Down At Christmas
Christmas is an exciting time of year for many people, but it can also be a highly stressful time of the year. With presents to buy, Christmas dinner to organise and heating bills increasing, it’s understandable if you’re feeling burnt out. Even though you might feel the pressure to speed up, what your body really needs is for you to slow down.
Here are some tips on how to slow at Christmas and make the most of the holiday.
Focus On Crafts
Crafting is a great distraction and it requires a lot of your attention. That means you can’t multitask! Put down your phone and find an activity that you enjoy. Here are some ideas:
- Make jewellery from clay or any spare materials you have
- Make a candle (beeswax candles made from beeswax sheets are really easy to make!)
- Draw a picture or painting
- Make someone a handmade Christmas gift (soap bar or wax melts)
- Make your own Christmas decorations (Dried orange garland?)
Focusing on just one activity can help to calm your mind and help you to be more mindful. Sometimes it’s nice to do something just for the sake of doing it and not because you have to.
Spend More Time Alone
Let’s face it, socialising can be draining, especially if you’re an introvert! As it gets closer to Christmas Day, you’ll probably find yourself spending a lot of time around other people. This can be a good and bad thing. On one hand, it’s great to be social and spend time with our loved ones. But on the other hand, it’s important to spend some time alone to recharge and rest.
The good thing is you don’t need to ask for anyone’s permission to spend more time alone. The people around you should understand and respect your needs. Everyone needs time alone, especially during the holidays. Take yourself off to a quiet room for an hour or two (or longer!) and enjoy your own company.
Read A Book
Many of us set ourselves the goal to read more books at the beginning of the year, but it’s easy to let it slip. We become too busy with work, deadlines and other responsibilities to reserve some time for reading.
However, even setting aside 10 – 15 minutes to read a book is better than no time at all. I like reading fiction most because it provides a great form of escapism and it gives me a break from screens. Most of us spend too much time staring at screens and I think this takes a toll on our mental health.
Stepping away from technology and picking up a book instead is one of the best ways to slow down at Christmas, and it doesn’t have to cost much either. Just remember to look in the library or the charity shops before buying brand new books!
Take Some Time Out
If you’re always rushed off your feet, you’ll never get a chance to appreciate Christmas. Even though it can be a stressful time, try to lean towards the good parts.
Romanticise the holiday. Put your feet up, get a hot drink and put on your favourite Christmas film whenever you get the chance. Or go in the kitchen and bake a festive treat like Christmas-shaped cookies or gingerbread men. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take your time doing it. Don’t rush activities or you won’t get the chance to enjoy them. The holidays will soon be over, so try to make the most of each moment.
Focus On Self Care
Self care looks differently to everyone. For some people it’s long hot baths with hot chocolate and for others it’s an extra hour in bed. Essentially, self care is anything that involves taking care of yourself and responding to your own needs.
Christmas can be hectic for some people, and among all of the distractions, it can be easy to forget about what you want. However, it’s important to take care of yourself all year round.
Start fitting in more time to do the things that bring you peace and happiness. This could be a 10 minute yoga session in the morning or it could be a hot drink and your favourite TV series in the evening. It doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as you feel fulfilled.
Ask For Help
If you have many responsibilities and you feel like you can’t slow down, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s unfair to put all of the responsibilities on your own shoulders, especially if it means that you can’t enjoy Christmas.
If you know there are people around you who can help, ask them. This could be help with looking after a family member, preparing Christmas dinner, or financial help to get you through the holidays. Whatever it is, try not to take it all on by yourself.
There are people who will help and support you, which can allow you to slow down at Christmas and enjoy yourself.
Jenny in Neverland
Great tips! This December has been SO busy that I’m definitely craving some slowing down time. I always give myself time off over Christmas (I’m self-employed, so that’s down to me!) and I love those few days where I do absolutely nothing except chill out, watch films, read books, go for walks etc!
I get you! Me too. That sounds lovely, I think I’ll be doing similar things! Definitely need to start reading more books again x
Christmas season is a good time to chill out. I love binge reading to make me feel relax. And I also love watching holiday movies.
Last year I did some Christmas crafts and it was so much fun and enjoyed it. These are great ideas to do. If you enjoy time, it will fly so quick.
I’d love a bit more alone time but it’s hard with a young child!
I do understand that. I hope you can get some moments to yourself soon x
Her Digital Coffee
These are all wonderful ways to slow down during Christmastime. I love crafting because it requires your undivided attention and you can’t multitask with your phone. Thanks for sharing!
Jordanne || Ofaglasgowgirl
I’m so looking forward to taking a break and slowing down for Christmas this year. It will be the first year in a long time I’m actually doing it. These are fantastic tips, I’m definitely going to be focusing on self-care a lot more this month and taking time to enjoy my hobbies.
Ah yes I sooooooo plan on doing this. I have off the week between Christmas and New Years and I am totally going to chill. Great advice here!
These are some great tips to help slow the pace down. I love the be creative and get crafty and for me using my journal or being creative with my planner helps me to relax and slow down on the run up to Christmas. These tips will be helpful for many. Thank you for sharing.
Always reach out for help if and when you need it. Being strong isn’t about toughing stuff out, but reaching out for support when you need it. Don’t let pride or a foolish notion of not wanting to be a bother, stop you from getting the support you need
I love all these tips for how to slow down at Christmastime. Its always such a busy time so I need all the tips and tricks I can get!