Christmas may look a little different this year, but it's helping us to remind ourselves that we're all in this together. Some things are out of our control, but what we can control is how we respond to situations. We thought we'd share some things we'll be doing to stay positive this festive season. What are you doing to keep your spirits up?
- Embracing downtime. Usually we'd be rushing around, cramming in visits to as many people as possible. Our enforced hibernation means that for once we'll actually have some time to curl up with a book, enjoy some feel-good Christmas films, take a long bath, or spend time organising @mariekondo style (which can be a lot more enjoyable than it sounds!)
- Taking a moment to reflect on the year and celebrate the positives – even the small wins, like rediscovering a love of running.
- Kitchen dance parties! Moving our bodies releases feel-good hormones. We recommend switching the Christmas lights on 'Disco' mode for added effect.
- Getting amongst nature when we can. There really is no better mood lifter than getting rosy-cheeked in the great outdoors.
- Doing something creative. Whether it's trying out a new recipe, or making a special effort with the table setting on Christmas day, engaging the left side of your brain is proven to have a positive impact on mental health.
- Setting positive intentions for the new year. These can be as big or small as you like. Some of ours include stretching first thing in the morning, turning notifications off our phone, and hitting our daily step count.
- Making sure our loved ones feel loved. We're making a special effort to check in with friends and family every few days, especially the ones feeling particularly vulnerable.
- Reminding ourselves that this isn't forever. Things WILL get better x