This year has been a difficult time for everyone – our lives and routines have completely changed in line with the restrictions we have all been put under. Many people are happy to be seeing the back of 2020 and are looking forward to unwinding over Christmas. However, if you are struggling to feel festive this year with everything else that may be on your mind, I have put together some festive activities that you can do safely at home that will help your wellbeing at the same time.
Baking festive treats
Many studies have shown how therapeutic baking can be, which relieves stress and calms the mind. What better excuse to do some baking than at Christmas time? If you’re like me and baking is not your strongest skill, make it easy for yourself. You can make some classic mince pies using just three ingredients – ready-made pastry, ready-made mincemeat and an egg to brush on top! The house will smell amazing too.
Arts and Crafts
If you have some extra time over the festive period, why not find some time to do some arts and crafts projects? You could pick up an old hobby, or try something completely new. Head out for a nice walk in the countryside and pick up some foliage, pine cones, holly and even mistletoe if you’re lucky enough to find some. Add in some cinnamon sticks, dried oranges and even some eco-friendly glitter, and you could make a whole range of Christmassy decorations.
Here are a few ideas:
- Door wreath
- Fireplace or stairs garland
- Table decorations
- Tree decorations
If you’re like me, wrapping presents is an opportunity to show off your creative skills and make sure that yours look the very best under the tree. I find the process of selecting the wrapping paper, tag and any embellishments like bows or ribbon very therapeutic. You could even use some of the natural elements that you collected for your arts and crafts projects.
Something we should all be thinking of is the environment. Here are some fantastic ideas for eco-friendly Christmas wrapping that you could use this year.
Watching Christmas films
There is no better way to relax at this time of year than to put your feet up with a Christmas film on. Light a festive candle, put the fire on (if you have one), make yourself a nice warm drink and your favourite festive snack. There are so many Christmas films on television and streaming services, that you will be able to find one that all the family will enjoy.
Reflecting on your year
This is an important activity, especially after this difficult year. It’s up to you how you decide to reflect on your year, but I like writing it down on paper so that you can really see an overview of your year. I reflect on the following:
- What have I achieved this year?
- How have I grown as a person?
- What am I thankful for?
- What would I like to achieve in the year ahead?
You can do this individually, or as a couple or family. It’s a great discussion to have around the dinner table too.
What other festive activities do you do to help you unwind and destress? Let us know…