Season’s Greetings: A Letter to You

You’ll notice things are a little different on the blog this month. The usual features are being replaced with a series of festive-themed posts to help you through the holiday season.

And before the festivities really begin to ramp up, why not stop and take a breather?

Think about how the past 12 months have been for you and consider what you want next year.

You could carve out some time to sit down and write a letter to yourself to open on New Year’s Day (ideally on the nicest writing paper you can find).

In the letter, you might want to:

  • Acknowledge your struggles, fears and anxieties.
  • Recognise your positive qualities and strengths.
  • Express your hopes for yourself for the year to come.
  • Identify what you want less and more of in your life.
  • Offer yourself words of support and encouragement.

When you write, make sure you speak to yourself in the way you would someone you truly care about. If you feel resistance or discomfort, you’re doing something right – keep going.

Just taking the time to write your letter is an act of self-care.

Enjoy it.

Enjoy taking a break from everything to focus on yourself.

Enjoy connecting to your thoughts and feelings and committing them to paper.

Enjoy showing yourself you care.

When you’ve finished, put your letter in an envelope and write your name on it. Underneath, write the words “to be opened on January 1st 2020”.

Consider it a lovely gift to give yourself on New Year’s Day.

(Don’t worry about forgetting to open it – I’ll be sure to remind you when the time comes 😊).

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“We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is
New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 

How Can You Make Sure You Have Fun at Christmas?

“And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,
the near and the dear ones, the old and the young…”
– John Lennon, “Merry Christmas (War is Over)”

Ah, Christmas – an enchanting season of celebration and wonderment…and hectic shopping trips and online deliveries, endless food preparation and overeating, feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

Wait, let’s try that again.

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