I always find myself writing blogs like this at this time of year!!
The festive season— lots of Christmas carols humming in the air, streets sprinkled with twinkling lights, and the warmth of family gatherings – right?? Not always! Amongst all the joyous melodies and glittering decorations, it’s not uncommon for stress to sneak in and steal a bit of our holiday cheer. From gift shopping frenzies to party planning and financial strains, the Christmas season can sometimes feel like a marathon of stress.

But fear not – I have your back!! Embracing a few mindful strategies can transform this season into a time of tranquility and joy. Here are some effective ways to unwrap peace and reduce stress during Christmas:

1. Mindful Gift Giving

Rather than getting swept away by the pressure of finding the perfect gift, focus on thoughtful gestures. Consider homemade presents or gifts that revolve around experiences rather than material possessions. Remember, it’s the sentiment that counts.

2. Plan and Prioritize

Create a realistic plan for the holiday season. Break tasks into manageable steps and prioritize what truly matters. Setting boundaries and saying ‘no’ when needed can also alleviate overwhelming commitments.

3. Embrace Simplicity

Don’t fall into the trap of over-decorating or overspending. Simplify decorations, opt for potluck dinners, or consider Secret Santa gift exchanges among family and friends to reduce financial strain.

4. Practice Self-Care


Amidst the hustle and bustle, prioritize self-care. Take breaks, get enough sleep, indulge in activities that bring joy, and don’t forget to move your body—whether it’s through yoga, a brisk walk, or dancing to your favorite tunes. There are some great stress reducing meditations and yoga practices on my Free Resources Page.

5. Cultivate Gratitude

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on the blessings in our lives. Keep a gratitude journal or take a few moments each day to appreciate the small joys and moments of kindness around you.

6. Set Realistic Expectations

Avoid striving for perfection. Understand that not everything will go as planned, and that’s perfectly okay. Embrace imperfections and focus on the joy of the moment.

7. Connect Meaningfully

During the holiday rush, take the time to prioritise quality time with loved ones. Engage in meaningful conversations, share stories, and create lasting memories. Connection often serves as the best antidote to stress.

8. Practice Mindfulness and Breathing Techniques

Incorporate mindfulness practices or breathing exercises into your daily routine. Take a few moments each day to breathe deeply and ground yourself in the present moment.

9. Delegate and Collaborate

You don’t have to do it all alone. Delegate tasks and involve family and friends in holiday preparations. Sharing responsibilities can ease the burden and create a sense of togetherness.

10. Give Back

Spread the joy by giving back to your community. Volunteer at local shelters, donate to charities, or simply offer a helping hand to someone in need. Acts of kindness can bring immense fulfillment and reduce personal stress.
As the Christmas season unfolds, remember that the essence of this celebration lies in love, gratitude, and connection. By weaving these stress-reducing strategies into your holiday routine, you can create a season that sparkles with inner peace and joy, making it truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Holidays!

My name is Julie Elder.  I am an holistic therapist and yoga/meditation teacher who specialises in utilising the body’s ability to heal itself using a variety of techniques including Bowen Technique and Kinesiology. I am also an Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Reiki master, Cold Water Therapy Teacher and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. I am also advocate for pursuing an organic lifestyle.

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