Getting some time just for you can be difficult all year round but at Christmas time it can seem impossible. With family and friends heavy on the agenda getting some peace and quiet can appear to be impossible.
Staying in touch with friends and Family abroad can mean even the early mornings and late nights can be taken up with FaceTime and Skype.
Fitting in a few minutes meditation really will make a big difference to how much you are able to enjoy the festivities so it is well worth coming up with a plan to fit some in.
Nothing is impossible, even if you have people staying and a busy time you must be able to get 5 minutes to yourself. You just need to be creative.
You could get up early so that the house is quiet, this is one of my favourites.
You could take a walk and make that mindful. Rather than letting your mind drift off try to focus on the rhythm of your steps. Each time your mind wanders bring it back to your walking.
You could focus on your breath whilst you stand in the cheque out queue at the supermarket or whilst you boil the kettle.
You could commit to focussing all of your attention on the heat of the shower next time you have one.
There are so many ways to be mindful that there really is no excuse. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t seem to set aside 20 minutes to sit. Try your best but if not try an alternative, you will still feel a benefit.
Come on a Revitalise Day in the new year to see how mindfulness can fit into your daily life. Although it seems like a challenge you soon start to appreciate its value.