And here we go again. It‘s cold outside, treats everywhere and you're credit card has seen better days: Christmas is coming. While it's this special time of the year in which your loved ones come together from all over the place, it's also the time for a tight planning schedule, dealing with intense emotions and even more expectations.
Tips for your Christmas Kit
Like any other festive, Christmas is a beautiful way to unite people, even when you're not religious or try to reduce the over-consumption part in your life. To make your time more enjoyable, here's your ultimate survival kit for the Christmas holidays:
LOTS OF BOOKS
At any time, snuggling in a warm blanket with a good book is just comfy. Especially during cold winter days, reading a magazine or a book is on the top list of "What to do besides watching Netflix?". Following a small list for any woman (and man!) during the Christmas time:
To free your mind and welcome your travel spirit
"Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts
To expand your knowledge about feminist theory
"The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir
To put yourself on a spiritual journey of self-discovery
"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse
Warm socks, relaxing pants & a hair tie. Done deal for any winter night.
This may sound weird, but Christmas is also the time to see your old friends (most people return home, right?) and sometimes it's also on the agenda to leave the traditional family spirit and have a good night out.
A Christmas mantra may help to avoid old negative habits and focus on the good stuff. It's a wonderful tool to center your mind. This is a mantra perfect at any family gathering:
"I love myself. I love my family. I enjoy the here and now. I will make the most out of this time."
Isn't it great to chill and just do nothing. But when we're honest, people in our society are used to watch or read something most of the time. Instead of scrolling down your phone, you can also listen to the vast range of podcasts. Check out Spotify, iTunes or Stitcher for news, entertainment and much more audio content.
Don‘t forget that you‘re in charge of your energy. If you‘re entering a physical space or a group of people already spreading a positive aura, it‘s more likely to receive positive energy from the outer world.
Lots of people close together over a long period of time and not to forget the emotional expectations, this may bring up some tension. In order to stay calm, try to find a space (a room or maybe even a quiet corner with a chair) where you can just be for yourself. If this isn't possible, grab your jacket and enjoy a nice winter walk. By the time you get back, they mostly anyways already forgot what all the fuss was about.
Keep in mind that it's only a couple of days, mostly not even 24 hours. Make the best out of it!