Give yourself a Christmas present

Today’s blogpost is by Leadership and Management Director, Emma Mitchell, a People Development professional with 2 decades plus experience of Emma Mitchelltraining and coaching business professionals from many sectors. Her focus is developing people and maximising their potential for leadership through coaching and training facilitation.

Giving is good, generosity is a virtue but don’t forget to be generous to yourself too. At 10Eighty we think self-awareness is important, reflection is a skill you should cultivate and that it’s important to have fun.

The holiday season can be stressful, so busy that you forget to take joy in the moment. It can be easy to lose sight of your needs when you’re looking after everyone else. Remember you are also important. Here’s our advice, not just for Christmas but for the whole year:

Stay positive, take care of yourself, forget about being perfect, and always keep improving yourself.

Take some time over the holiday to be good to yourself, be kind to yourself, stop putting the needs of others in front of your own needs briefly and think of something you want for yourself. Tiny and inexpensive things can help you unwind and sweep away the everyday cares:

  • Listen, and dance to, to favourite music
  • Go for a walk in the open air, chase a squirrel, feed the ducks
  • Change your screensaver to a beautiful landscape or beach
  • Check out funny YouTube videos – laughter is a great stress reliever
  • Make contact with someone you ought to have called ages ago
  • Have breakfast in bed
  • Borrow the Lego box from the youngsters and play
  • Bake some biscuits, peanut butter cookies are a treat
  • Watch the sunset
  • Read a good book, or a comic, or some poetry
  • Visit a museum or gallery
  • Wrap up warm and take your lunch outdoors, have a picnic
  • Binge watch a boxed set
  • Turn off your devices, have a digital detox, take a break from Twitter, turn off the news
  • Take a catnap, preferably with a cat, curling up with a pet has been shown to reduce blood pressure by up to 10 percent in as little as 15 minutes

Kindness counts

Amit Sood, in his book, The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness says, “Kindness to the world starts with kindness to the self.” Ask yourself two questions: Am I doing something to myself that I would never do to someone else? Am I letting someone else do something to me that I would never do to him or her?

So, you know we are always a great source for an apt quote:

“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” Germany Kent

Give yourself permission to try new things, to make mistakes and to learn and grow. Nurture yourself as a person and celebrate your overall worth. Those who respect themselves, who are kind to themselves, take their dreams seriously and turn those dreams into goals, then create a plan for achieving those goals.

Finally, we would just like to say Merry Christmas from all of us at 10Eighty!

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