As I write this, it’s Sunday 20th December. The day after the swift change in UK restrictions and I’m sure all of us are feeling pretty meh. Luckily, I had a quiet Christmas planned so not much has changed but I’m sending love to everyone who has been impacted. Now, this is when we’re needing some self-care ideas to make the best of unfortunately a pretty poor situation.
MAKE A BUCKET LIST
Let’s put the thoughts of previous Christmas’s to the back of our minds and think about what we can do this year to make it special. We’re not talking extravagant ideas here, but if you’ve been talking about watching Elf for years, 2020 is definitely giving you the option of an afternoon with Christmas films.
SCHEDULE VIDEO CALLS
If you’re unable to see family and friends this Christmas, video calls are the next best thing – technology that has genuinely helped me get through this year. Plan video calls to watch some Christmas TV together, video calls for prepping the starters, video calls for a Christmas quiz. It’s not the same, but it might ease the difficulty of not being able to see loved ones face-to-face this year.
GET DRESSED UP
If there is ever a day to wear pyjama’s, it’s Christmas Day. But this year, it might be an instant mood booster to take some time to get ready, have a nice outfit to wear and feel fancy when you crack open the Bucks Fizz. To be fair, we’ve spent a lot of 2020 in loungewear.
FEEL PREPPED FOR A NEW YEAR
I think we’re all ready to shut the door on 2020 right? I’m not saying 2021 is going to be any better (unfortunately), but it might feel good to ‘prep’ for the new year. To have the ‘fresh start’ feeling. It can be something small like clearing out your email subscriptions or going for the ‘clear out’ approach by creating a capsule wardrobe and doing a ‘spring clean’. Reflecting on 2020 and looking ahead to 2021 may also clear your mind.
SPEND A LITTLE LONGER ON AN EVENING ROUTINE
Now we’re talking a bit of time to shut off from any negative thoughts to hopefully improve our sleep. After the year we’ve had, no matter how hard we’ve tried, our minds probably haven’t had the chance to fully switch off from the stress around us. Make some more time for a skincare routine, read some chapters of your book before bed or try to listen to a calming music playlist.
HAVE A MEDIA BREAK
I think throughout the year we’ve all tried to consume the media less. But over Christmas, it’s time to turn off the news notifications, the social media notifications and aim for some down time, to block out what is happening in the world for some time.
I hope you all are able to have the best Christmas we can have amongst 2020. It’s been a tough year and we all need some time out to recuperate.