As we near the end of the year and Christmas, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the array of activities, events and errands. Don’t despair. Keep things as simple as possible with these five ways to stay zen and by the time Christmas rolls around you will still be one happy, carolling Santa elf. Her are five ways to stay zen in the lead up to Christmas.
My yoga teacher’s voice resonates in my head every week. She starts the lesson by telling us to sink into the mat and dump anything that is giving us grief. Some people find it difficult to say ‘no’ but it can also be very cathartic. Don’t be guilted into saying ‘yes’ to every invitation or getting on board with every present. Chances are, your friends and family may be just as overwhelmed and willing to dump some of the same traditions. It’s not worth the worry. For example, your mothers group may choose to not get presents for each other’s children for Christmas. It’s less stress for all involved and the kids already get enough presents from other people.
You don’t have to be a hero all the time. If Christmas dinner is at your house this year, don’t be afraid to delegate. Rather than organising a three course meal by yourself, ask everyone to bring a plate. Many hands make light work. Likewise, you might share the duties of teacher gifts with other parents. Maybe offer to organise a big ticket voucher for one class’s teacher while another parent can do the same for another. A problem shared is a problem halved, or quartered, as the case may be.
3 Get Deliveries
If you are a customer of The Organic Place, we’re sure you are aware of how brilliant it is to have goods delivered to your door. This can likewise work for presents for end of year and Christmas gifts as well. Don’t drag toddlers and babies, or yourself for that matter, through bustling shopping malls. Either shop in your home town at your convenience and in the quiet lulls of the day, or from the comfort of your own home.
The Organic Place alone, has an amazing range of gifts to choose from. Whether it be vouchers, gift hampers or our value packs, we have you sorted. There’s nothing better than coming home to packages by your front door, even if they’re technically not for you. If you shop with The Organic Place, you know your goods will be delivered on Thursday if you order by Monday evening. For other companies, on the other hand, you might have to ensure you order early so you get your gifts well before Christmas time.
We all have far too much ‘stuff’ in our lives. One way to minimise another Christmas haul could be to go from buying every family member a present, to organising a Kris Kringle or Secret Santa gift. If you are buying just for one person then you may be able to spend a little more as opposed to many small gifts that may not be as appreciated. You might also consider the phrase ‘Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read’ as the motto for Santa’s gift giving in your house. With only four presents per child, it certainly keeps you focused on fewer items that they really want and hopefully prevents less clutter.
Leading on from the last point – if you receive less new gifts and purge some old, unwanted ones, your house will be less cluttered. Some families do a big clean out of their toys at this time of year. They leave a bag of these items under the tree for Santa to take when he brings new gifts. Imagine how great you will feel after donating, especially those who are less fortunate. If you can donate more than you bring in, all the better. You might also consider donating your time to those in need at this time of year. Whether you work in a soup kitchen, put together a bag of toiletries for a homeless woman, or donate blood, not only will these benefit the recipients, but they will also make you feel good too. And, we all know that at this time of year, the spirit of giving, not receiving, is what really matters.
How do you stay zen in the silly season? Do you have any more tips to add?