Stress-free Christmas

Ensure you have a stress-free, blissful December

To all my Coaching Clients, a quick reminder to help you stay balanced for December.

It would be a terrible shame for you to undo all your hard work achieved over the past 6 months and I just wanted to remind you not to put yourselves under any undue pressure for December or the Christmas period.

  • For those of you who have managed to get your bedtime routine balanced, remember to stick to it as much as you can over December and January.  Get plenty of rest but aim to get up by 7.30am, despite the cooler mornings – wrap up and put the heating on first thing to help you, especially the VATA body types.
  • Have a milky drink before bed (or the OJAS tonic I gave some of you) and add cardamom or cinnamon or your ayurveda herbs.  If you get mucus use almond or alternative milk.
  • Stick to doing your weekly review and reduce your to-do lists two weeks before Christmas as you will be busy getting ready for that day and the activities in advance.
  • If you choose to have a quite, calm Christmas (to catch-up on YOU), then do not think you are missing out on loads of activities or invites!
  • If you are the person in the house who usually ends up writing the Christmas cards, present list and social invites, aim to start those this week to have it done by the end of the 1st week of December.
  • Take short walks or gentle runs and fresh air.  These will help to keep your oxygen and serotonin levels up, which help improve your mood up and keep you calm.
  • Have a self-massage with some organic aromatherapy oils mixed with grapeseed or sesame seed or almond seed oil. Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cinnamon and Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger and Orange are good choices.
  • Do NOT over drink just because it is Christmas; your liver, gallbladder and kidneys do not need to celebrate anything (except for the fact that you have been kind to them recently).
  • Try NOT TO OVEREAT just because it is Christmas – especially the deep-fried and heavy foods – your digestion does not need to be force-fed with poor nutrients just “because it is Christmas”.
  • DO NOT make a load of New Year resolutions from 1st January – they will NOT work.  Instead, get through January and wait until mid-February to start planning a theme or goals for the next 6 to 10 months. Use January to practice putting in place the time management skills we covered.  Do a detox or body cleanse in March once Spring has started.

Why is it that December is a time of year when you seem to get invites or plan events with people you have not seen for ages?  Do not fall into that trap-it is too cold and you need to accept some natural instincts to hibernate a bit more now.  If you are working, have quite weekends and keep your socialising balanced but not over-stimulated or stressed in the coming weeks.  Choose positive people to be around this time of year and save the “energy vampires” for March and April, when your energy increases. All body types will notice this improvement.


You can still have fun, enjoy yourself and be discreet in your eating and drinking choices.


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Christine Southwell
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