“Sometimes we do a lot, but we don’t really do anything”, Thich Nhat Hanh

The jingle bells announce that another year has swept by us and during December we really feel our energy being wrapped away.

The pressure of juggling a work schedule, social calendar and family life stretches us to the maximum, so to help you before reaching breaking point, we've teamed up with Method Movement to give you their top 3 tips to exercise your relaxation muscles and be merry until Christmas:

1. A gift to yourself

Dedicate at least 15 minutes of your day to yourself first. I know it does not sound like your typical Yogi advice, but we all know that we can only give what have.

By taking a quarter of an hour, which is just over 1% of your day, to simply be with yourself, nourish your mind and soul should be seen as a necessary daily activity- just like eating.

Oxygen is the most important nutrient to keep our body alive. Therefore breathing exercises and meditation should be considered as important as having your 5-a-day.


2. Be Present

In our daily lives, our attention is dispersed, our body is in one place and our mind is wondering. As soon as we pay attention to our breath, our body, mind and breath come together, increasing our ability to listen deeply and establish meaningful connections.

By bringing awareness to the breath, our focus is in the present moment and as a result there is a immediate increase in your clarity and concentration which are fundamental tools to help you power through the endless end of the year reports and festive fuss.

3. Make a list

Instead of writing down what you want, why not reflect on what you have? The end of the year is the perfect time to revisit all that we went through, count our blessings and be grateful for being alive and have the privilege of freedom and choice.

If you are struggling to find something to be thankful for, the simple act of being able to breathe and move your body independently are precious jewels that we take for granted.

Appreciation puts things into perspective, so next time something overwhelms you, just think, in the great scheme of things how small our problems really are and the world is not going to end if you bought the wrong size jumper.

Instead of torturing yourself with the not so good memories from last year's Christmas party or feeling anxious about the tight deadlines, enjoy the joy of the season.

It’s the only time of the year people make an effort to be nice and kind towards each other, so make the most of the spirit of Christmas and remember to take a deep breath before diving into the glass of champagne at the Christmas party!


Be sure to check out our social channels @MindfulChefUK for daily advent giveaways this December, including yoga & fitness classes for you and a friend from Method Movement!