A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Do you keep a journal? I mean a diary where you write down thoughts and emotions? A record of events and more? Research shows that journalling can boost mood, health and more. It frees up expression, lets you vent emotions without fear of comeback, unless the source of you annoyances gets a look, and it lets you unburden your mind freely. I don’t know about … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

A Self Care Christmas Day 7: Music is the Memory of the Soul

Put on Your Favourite Christmas Music and Dance to it. I don’t know about you, but music and Christmas are inextricably linked. I have songs that take me right back to the Christmases of my youth, ones that place me on the dance floor as a curly haired teenager at too many turkey dinners and those that have come along more recently. The link between … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 7: Music is the Memory of the Soul

A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation

Find your favourite hot drink and sip it slowly to relax. Self care for me, as I get older, has become less about looking like a million dollars (the eyebrows, the legs, the right clothes) and more about feeling relaxed, in control, planned. Christmas time for most people is about as out-of-control as it can get, so anything that lets you grab back a feeling … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation

A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents

We’re back to scent as a powerful stimulant to memory here. I bet you can get just one sniff of a familiar scent and be transported back to a time or place. For me, it’s a sweet-floral perfume called Normal Hartnell’s In Love. My mother loved it, and used it every time she was going out. This was back in the 1970’s, early 80’s. It … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents

A Self Care Christmas Day 4: Christmas on the Computer

Change your Computer Wallpaper and Phone Lockscreen for something Seasonal and Inspirational. It’s a fair bet that you will be looking at your computer, phone, tablet or other electronic device for some period of time over Christmas. It only seems reasonable to make that as Happy Christmas as you can. Why not find an image of Christmas that speaks to you (holy or unholy, modern … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 4: Christmas on the Computer

A Self Care Christmas Day 3: Scented Handcream

Treat yourself to a seasonal scented hand cream or hand wash and use it. Sometimes it’s the simplest actions that can centre us and remind us that we need to take care of ourselves. When I was the Mother of three toddlers, the very idea of putting hand cream anywhere near me seemed impossible. Grabbing time to visit the toilet was a near-impossibility, let alone … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 3: Scented Handcream

A Self Care Christmas Day 2: An Advent Candle

Have a Special Advent Candle, just for You. Advent candles are big business in the Scandi nations, and in Germany where I first saw the tall, thin, numbered candles being used to mark off the days until Christmas. I don’t use one of those as my personal advent candle. I like a good, thick Church pillar candle. One that will burn for ages and ages. … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 2: An Advent Candle