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All I want for Christmas is...
Sometimes the most valuable things in life can’t be purchased.
Sure, gifts are great. And the delicious Christmas food. But there's something else about the holiday season that gives it that special feeling: an opportunity to reflect and think back on the past year, in order to think forwards, into the New Year.
So ask yourself, what is it you really want for Christmas?
…To be happy
It's not asking a lot to want to be happy for Christmas. So how can you give yourself the gift of joy? Christmas already has a lot of ingredients that can go towards feeling love and happiness: friends, family and loved ones. To bring a sprinkling of happiness to your festive season, take a few minutes out of the day to make a list of all the good things in your life. A rewarding job? A good relationship with your parents? A loyal group of friends? When winter has us fogged up and glum, clear the sky by reminding yourself of the good things around you.
…To be calmer
It's easier said than done during the holiday season, but being constantly stressed and at the end of your tether isn't good for you, your body, your skin (cortisol can cause pimples!) or the people around you. To reduce stress, think about learning some breathing exercises, or even going to a relaxing sophrology class. You'll be surprised how many health benefits lowering your stress levels can provide: from glowing skin and hair to easing mental health issues and helping with sleep patterns.
…To be nicer to others
The smallest of kind gestures can not only make someone else feel good, but you too! From sending a postcard to someone you care about to helping a stranger pick up their dropped groceries, a kind gesture can make everyone's day. Every act of mindfulness is a little step into making the world a nicer place to live in. Try to do one kind thing every day for someone else!
…To live in the moment
Not naturally spontaneous? Always looking over to the greener grass, or anticipating the future? Stop and take a breath. Appreciate the right here and now, whether it be soaking up some cold winter sun as you drink your coffee, or deciding to say yes to that after-work Christmas party. Don't over-think the consequences of every decision, otherwise you won't live life at all.
What would you like this Christmas?