I'm a potter-along-at-your-own-pace sort of woman. I don't mind a short 'to-do' list but I loathe a long one. I like having things to do and people to see so long as they are of my choosing. And like many of us, I'm a little bit selfish.
I love Christmas time, the excitement, the sights, the smells of mice pies as they come out of the oven (omfghhhh that smell). What I don't love is getting sucked in to feeling that I should be doing things that I don't need to do.
'What do I need to do?' and 'What do I want to do?' are two questions I've been asking myself a lot this week. This pre-Christmas week is always a busy one. It's the getting the present shopping / work / socializing things done before the children break up on Friday lunchtime from school. It's the 'dig deep' final push before I slump in front of Christmas film re-runs and help eat the two giant Christmas puddings I have made this year. Of course it's not all indoors over-indulgence, the children are like ticking festive time-bombs so there will be plenty of long forest and beach walks to calm them down and preserve the sanity of everyone in the house.
Now seems like a really bad time, when time is so short, to take an hour out of the day and just go for a walk, but actually clearing my head like this is important. It leaves me more focused and alert. It's really hard to remember that Christmas is 'only a day' when it seems to be all everyone else around you and online is talking about. Spending time alone to re-adjust your focus back to the bigger picture is really important.
And so this morning I headed to the beach, just a quick half hour post-school-run, before I did a bit of work and packed ready to journey off to see my good chum Tanya for the evening. I felt so much better for doing this, even on a dull December day, just watching the sea lapping the shore.
I've noticed for me it's the elements that clear my head, the wind, the cold, the sea spray. I'm sure it varies person to person but if you are feeling a little tense this week do try getting outside to clear your mind. Especially if you find yourself saying or thinking things like:
'But if I don't do it no one else will!'
'I've so much to do and just no time'
Take a deep breath and remember there's still all of next week to get things ready for Christmas and some of the tasks you have you may well find your children might actually enjoy helping you with.
How are you feeling in the run up to Christmas? Rested or stressed? Do you have any coping tips? Please do share x
Photos taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX100 in 4K mode. You can find out more about 4K Photography here.