Well…this year has felt even faster than the last, so it’s that time again already, time to take a moment to prepare for the onslaught of parties, socialising, work deadlines, kids’ holidays, and Christmas shopping. 

If we’re going to make it through successfully and most importantly, get to the other side having enjoyed it all, it’s paramount to remember one very important thing: Ourselves. 

Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup. 

So how do we keep filling our cup when it feels like all we get to do is pour out non stop?

The first step is to MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF.

Don’t worry though, it may be a lot less time than you think. More and more people are finding meditation doesn’t just fit into their work day, it actually MAKES it, as “regular practice helps combat stress, improves focus and increases resilience.

If you're like me and you feel you can never shut off completely, try a guided meditation app like Smiling Mind. The app allows you to choose how long to meditate for AND help quieten down your brain chatter. 

If that STILL feels like its a little too much commitment for you this December, recent research has shown that listening to certain types of music with your eyes closed can have similar effects to meditation.

The research was specifically done to “Strawberry Swing" by Coldplay and "Someone like you" by Adele, but personally, I'm more of an Enya man #onlytimeftw

De-stressing can even be as simple as attempting to drink a cup of tea or coffee in silence. It’s really all about taking time for yourself, even if only in small amounts. 

In my opinion though, the most important thing you can do to improve your overall wellbeing at this busy time is to re-frame the stress you’re feeling. Let’s face it, it is seemingly impossible to avoid being busy at the moment, much less avoid the concept of being stressed! 

We have talked about it on this blog before but there is a brilliant Ted Talk about making stress your friend. It’s well worth the 15minutes!

Failing all this, we suggest you re-watch Love Actually. Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson AND Liam Neeson? How can such a perfect movie NOT de-stress you?

If you have any questions about de-stressing, your health heading into the end of the year or if there is anything else we can help with, please don't hesitate to contact us at Align.

 A stock image of festive items

A stock image of festive items