It’s that time of year again… The silly season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but for me, it seems like this year the buying hype and shopping frenzy has reached new highs. I went to the mall yesterday because I needed a new top. I’m doing an important talk on Tuesday and I want to look my best. So I figured it was time to treat myself to something beautiful and new.
I nearly turned around with mission unaccomplished!
It was insane. I was not prepared for it, not at all. I had to wait in line in the car park to get a parking spot. There were cars everywhere, annoyed people and honking. Like I said, I nearly turned around. But the thought of my talk and the need of looking great was bigger than the discomfort of being in this unpleasant situation, so I prevailed.
While I was sitting in my car, waiting for a park to free up, I looked at the people around me. “T’is the season to be jolly…” Right? Nope. All I saw was unhappy faces, parents pulling at their kids arms to hurry them up, shopping trolleys overflowing with stuff (some so full things even fell out) and I thought to myself “This is not healthy”.
When did Christmas become all about buying stuff? When did we decide that it’s so important to look the part that weeks out many, many of us are already stressed and “trying to get everything ready”. What is that “everything” that we “need” to get done anyway? Says who? If it’s all about your own wants, needs and wishes, that’s cool. How many do you think are doing it because “it’s expected of me” or “it’s just what we do in our family”, or a similar reason?
If the need to get things done is not deeply rooted within yourself and something that you are happy to do, I challenge you to think about it carefully. Is it really that important? Is there an alternative way to go about it? Can you make a choice that this year, less is more? Can you find a way that is less stressful, more fun and so much better for your in the long run?! Just have a look and see if this resonates with you.
We’re coming into the summer holiday season here in Sydney, kids will soon be off school and life will slow down a little. Don’t wait until then to look after yourself! Take som time out in the last two weeks leading up to Christmas and just relax. Even if it’s only for 5 minutes. 5 minutes is better than no minutes!
Go sit by the beach and look at the waves for 5 minutes.
Close your eyes, lean back in your office chair and day dream for 5 minutes.
Instead of being on your phone while commuting to work, close your eyes and just be still.
Go for a short walk at lunchtime.
Take your shoes off and plant your feet in the grass.
Read a book that makes you happy.
Hug a tree.
Kiss your partner like you kissed when you first met.
Fall asleep in your daughter’s bed.
Do something for yourself consciously every day. Take some time out. Relax. And let go of the stress that is not yours. Do Christmas your way.
What can you do to give yourself 5 minutes of alone time? What will you do? What did you do? I’d love to know!
Today, I’ll have a cup of tea in my beautiful garden, just listen to the birds and be still…