14th December: On fire or burnt out?

Regardless of whether you go all out at this time of year or just keep things simple and low-key, there will be at least a few more things on your to-do list over the festive period compared with other months: cards/charity donations, buying-in extra food, choosing gifts and attending events are just a few of them. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed-out by the seemingly ever-growing list of jobs.

It can be difficult enough as it is to make some time for ourselves and Christmas brings with it additional challenges that can make carving-out 'me time' appear impossible. However, what I focus on gets done in my book so I ensure that I build it in at the start of the day or week and then fit everything else around it. Obviously there are immovable events and activities e.g. work, school run etc. but out of the remaining time I put a date with myself at the top of the pecking order.

My 'me time' takes various guises at different times. It's mainly going to the gym (http://functfitbox.com), practising yoga and attending classes (https://en-gb.facebook.com/solespeak.yoga) but snatching short moments over a cup of tea or in front of the television can sometimes be enough to give me a boost.

A car can't run on empty, nor without water, oil, well-maintained parts and engine. And nor can we. If we care for ourselves we enable us to better care for those around us, so by making a tiny bit of time for me I ensure that I am able to get through all the other additional tasks that come with my approach to Christmas whilst keeping my sanity and energy in the process!

It doesn't matter what it is. It could be exercise, getting outdoors, a trip to a cafe, a cup of coffee at home, baking, watching television or meditating. A short burst can be as highly energising as something that takes more time, but what matters is that it is time for you. What will you do for you today?

Door 14 of the Woman Next Door's advent calendar. 

Door 14 of the Woman Next Door's advent calendar. 

It's easy to get overwhelmed and wound-up with the extra jobs to do at Christmas. 

It's easy to get overwhelmed and wound-up with the extra jobs to do at Christmas. 

Making time for exercise is important to me. 

Making time for exercise is important to me. 

I find baking can be relaxing and quite meditative when no children are involved! ;-)  

I find baking can be relaxing and quite meditative when no children are involved! ;-)