Mindfulness for a Chigwell New Year

January 3rd 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Mindfulness for a Chigwell New Year

New Year in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home can be magical but it is all too easy sometimes to put too much focus on what you feel you have to do.  It is important to notice when you're depleted particularly if you are a working parent and do something, even if it’s a small thing to recharge your batteries each day.

One of the first things to help you have a more relaxed New Year is to manage your own expectations of the season.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of idealising the season and thinking everything has to be perfect. Remember to cut yourself some slack and make sure you enjoy playing some silly games with your children or snuggling on the sofa with them for an afternoon film.

Winter is actually a time to hibernate so it is a bit crazy we all stay up so late, so often over so long a time. A whole series of late-night parties keep you from your bed and means the sleep you do enjoy needs to be as restful as possible on top of that fairy lights can actually play havoc with your circadian rhythm.  Lots of bright lights in the home can over-stimulate you so if you are trying to get more rest between your parties to think about turning off any fairly lights 30 minutes or so before you go to bed.  That way you can concentrate your mind on winding down to enjoy the peace and quiet of your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home.