Admit it – you’re behaving like ‘Two-Face’ from the Batman Series right now.
One minute you’re super excited.
The next you’re angry and want revenge on everyone – especially all the other last minute, unorganised shoppers…
Don’t worry I’m not judging – I’m the same (not angry just unorganised).
The problem, if you don’t learn to take time out then no matter how wonderful the centre piece looks, how gorgeous the turkey (or other food) tastes, or even what amazing gift you receive – Christmas will suck.
A rubbish Christmas is just the worst.
It makes you resentful of everyone and everything.
A toxic Christmas is far more extreme.
It’s damaging to both your relationships and to your health.
You fall out with every family member – at least once.
You attempt to wipe all your memories by racing to the bottom of a bottle causing all types of havoc to your liver and your ability to regulate your moods.
It’s really not worth it.
I mean, you’ve spent days, weeks and in some cases months planning for this day.
Only to ruin it in one fail swoop because you’re so stressed out by everything you’ve become toxic.
More toxic than the radioactive spider in Spiderman – and we all know what happened in that comic!
While you’re unlikely to bite your grandmother and turn her into a teenage boy who swings around cities fighting crime (well I hope not…).
You may end up biting someone’s head off which in turn leads to you feeling guilty and like a Christmas failure.
In order to make sure you have the most amazing Christmas ever here are 3 simple things you can do to keep your inner Zen.
OK, so maybe not the most amazing Christmas ever – just not one that’s toxic.
Zen Tip Number 1: Cheat
Yup, you guessed it – cheat with essential oils.
If like me, you’ve got diffusers spread all over the house it’s time to get them strategically placed throughout the downstairs – covering every single space imaginable.
Next, fill them to the brim with water & throw in a couple of drops of your favourite calming essential oils.
Throwing in a cinnamon, frankincense and orange combo will definitely hit the spot for both a fabulous Christmassy scent and a calming cellular hijack.
Zen Tip Number 2: Escape
OK, so while it’s not polite to hide out in the garage, attic or shed for the whole day you definitely can take refuge every now and then.
No one, not even Father Christmas is jolly every second of every day.
I mean, no one is happy when they get stuck down a chimney – he must lose his cool for a minute or two…
Don’t feel bad about hiding – it’s your Christmas too!
If you can escape and do a few calming yoga poses, meditate for 10 mins, head out for a quick walk or listen to your favourite mood enhancing song on your phone – these things will really help you centre and enable you find your Zen for at least a couple of hours…
Zen Tip Number 3: Eat your greens
I’m sorry if this tip has just ruined Christmas before it’s even started.
I promise the benefits to your mood by eating some of the healthy things on your plate far outweighs the slight discomfort faced in eating soggy cabbage and boiled sprouts.
The greens on your plate are going to help regulate your blood sugar which will be going crazy with all the brown vegetables (*cough* Chocolate *cough) you’ve been eating.
They’ll also help your metabolism break down the not-so healthy food meaning you won’t need to diet quite as much come January.
Oh, and they really are great for giving your mood a bit of a boost!
Like I said – simple!
So, go on treat yourself to a non-toxic Christmas
Catch you soon – Katie
P.S. if you loved this why not check out some of the other blog posts dedicated to helping you chill:
How to survive your 9-5
Essential Oils for: Depression
Walk your way to full mental health
Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.