Christmas wellbeing

Compassion and Kindness this Christmas

Another year is almost at an end, and for many of us, Christmas is often an annual highlight. But it’s not always easy to let go of the stresses that impact our daily lives, so we can enjoy the festive break.  That’s where we can help, as we bring you our 7 seasonal tips on how to chill out and have the best ever Christmas, with care and compassion:

  1. Let go of the perfectionist mindset. Take the pressure off this Christmas. Everything does not have to be perfect. What matters to your loved ones is that you have tried your best. They want you calm and relaxed in their company, not stressed out and panicking. 
  2. Work as a team- let go of the need to be in charge of everything. You do not have to do everything by yourself. Learn to share the load and delegate. Everyone, including young children, can manage small tasks, such as setting the table and tidying away.
  3. Approach everyone with love and compassion. Let go of old resentments. We will no doubt have to spend time with members of the family with whom we do not have good relationships.  Do not hold onto old wounds as these eat away at your insides, not theirs. 
  4. Take regular intervals to recharge your batteries. Even a 5 minute break can work wonders. It can be exhausting trying to get it all in – cooking, cleaning, conversations et al at the same time.
  5. Include small acts of kindness in the build up to the frenzy of Christmas Day. The festive season is about compassion, not just presents, food and alcohol. Do not forget to be kind to others. It can be a small gesture like giving way to a car in heavy traffic, helping someone load their shopping, smiling, or giving a small unexpected gift to your hairdresser / local shopkeeper.
  6. Accept all gifts with genuine gratitude instead of being fussy. The people who have given you presents have put in some or a lot of effort in getting the present to you. From the point of thinking what to buy, looking for items, buying items, buying wrapping paper, wrapping the gift and giving it to you. Write a personal thank you note to them for their efforts, even if you do not like the gift. 
  7. Reflect on all the good things in your lives and give gratitude.  In conversations with family and friends during the celebrations, talk about good times instead of moaning and complaining. You can even play a game where you gather ‘good things’ on sticky notes and build a gratitude pot. The person with the most in their pot is the winner.

Wishing you all a loving, peaceful and memorable festive season from all at Aum Wellbeing Consultancy.

About Hansa Pankhania

Hansa is a speaker, corporate wellbeing coach and author of 10 published books.

In her books, Stress To Success In 28 Days and Stress To Success Stories, she is passionate about sharing natural wellbeing techniques that are cost-free, and easy-to-implement but nourish your body, mind, and soul in powerful ways. 

 Her Chakraji Children’s Relaxation Series Of Books passes natural wellbeing tips to primary age children using colourful illustrations. 

She has also published her memoir Best Of Three Worlds about being born in Kenya as a British subject of Indian origin and the fusion of three histories and cultures. Her latest book – Best Of One World – 60 steps to a sustainable, meaningful and joyful life is now published and available through Amazon and her website.

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