Christmas Self-Care

So it may not be a Friday and this may be six weeks late buuuuuut I’m bringing you a self-care Christmas Special. Because what even is December if you don’t kill the Christmas theme over and over, right?

Now we all love Christmas. We go on about it all year, people have countdowns going from literally January. But I think sometimes we can work up to a moment so much that it’s inevitably underwhelming. Or we just try so hard to make a moment perfect that it pales in comparison to our imagination.

But through it all we’ve just got to remember to breathe. Be present. Realise what any holiday is really about. Yeah, you might think it’s really about presents. But you know it’s about being with people you love, doing good. So this week I’m giving you a few different self-care ideas that will get you through the holiday period hopefully stress free. Because times of joy should not be stressful.

Tip 1

Before you eat the insane amount of food I know you’re going to maybe do a few light stretches. Then if you’re not completely smashed when you’re going to bed, maybe do a couple more. Stretch out those tummy muscles. Nothing complicated just a quick five minute yoga sesh. Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube will have you covered.

Tip 2

If you’re unfortunate enough to have a family full of tories or just general nobheads feel free to debate when you think it’s necessary but it you know they’re not listening, instead of ruining your day just remove yourself from the situation. Or sometimes we even argue with people who we consider soul mates. It happens, we’re right under each other’s noses. Just go for a walk after your massive Christmas meal. Clear your head and work up the smiles to go back in.

Tip 3

This one is for all my veggies out there. We all know the pounding of uninformed, moronic questions you might get from your aunties new boyfriend. But, like, if you had to choose between a cow and a dog. But if you were on a desert island. In a zombie apocalypse. Yeah, but the chicken is gonna be killed anyway. The answer is still no. Take a deep breath and count to nineteen. Why so high? Because I know the question is so idiotic that five seconds just won’t cut it. Release the angry energy and move on with your day. Hopefully he’ll get hit by a bus next week anyway.

Tip 4

If you’re an unnecessarily competitive person, don’t play games. You’re only making your family hate you. They may be politely laughing at your tantrums but they really want you to grow up and just realise it’s a fucking game of monopoly, man. Sit down.

Tip 5

Remember that this is your break as much as anyone else’s. You need to do what you want to do. If you don’t want to wear a Christmas hat cos it itches your head and you feel stupid, then don’t. If you don’t want to play charades because you can’t bear to act out Finding Nemo one more time, then don’t. If you want to go and be alone and read a book for an hour or two, do it. If you want to eat another chocolate even though your rude grandma is making comments, ignore her and eat it. You’ve worked hard all year so don’t forget that this is your time to relax. Do what you need to do. It’s all about self-care, mate. So keep that centre.

And that’s it, kids! Go and enjoy your holiday season 🙂

Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Twelve Days of Christmas

So I’ve started about forty different books this year that I eventually put down or drifted from for no reason whatsoever. There’s no tangible moment when I decided to put any of these down but it gets to two months later and I have seven books on the go and none are nearing the end. I get distracted a lot. Like by my own brain. So I’ll be reading this book and absolutely loving it but simultaneously I’m thinking about another book on my shelf that I’d love to pick up. Like right this second. So I do. I don’t have much self control. I tend to temporarily satisfy my immediate wants without taking the future in to consideration. I suppose you could say this about many aspects of my life, not just reading.

But it’s no good noticing something if you’re not going to do something about it. So I’m attempting to read Twelve Books of Christmas. Now, why do I set myself these ridiculous goals all the time? Cos it’s fun, and it makes life worth living. Wouldn’t it be better to set something more realistic, though? Why, so when I inevitably meet an easy goal I can give myself a pat on the back? I bet on myself. And I like my chances. So I’d rather challenge myself with a mad goal because if that outcome ever happens then it’ll be a surprise. It’ll be magic.

People like to look at their lives this time of the year and start to plan their next goals. I’m focusing on books. I’m mainly going for books I’ve started through the year and put down but throwing a few new ones in.

What are you gonna do?


Cringe (Stripped) – Matt Maeson

The Nano Conclusion

So November is finally over and nanowrimo has finished. Did I get 50,000 words? Look who we’re talking to. I did not. But I did get 18,024. And for anyone who knows me we can agree that is a fucking victory. So I’m gonna keep going through December at my own snail pace. Fifty thousand will be reached eventually. And then it’s on to draft two and draft three and draft four. But let’s not think about that right now! What the month taught me was discipline and productivity. At least half the time. The other half I was watching Netflix or staring at a wall. I’m happy with the direction the project is going but it needs a lot more work and structure and some other stuff too. But feeling positive and I guess that’s all I can ask for at this point. Some sections have been fun to write and others incredibly hard. But I’m pushing through and I’ll keep you posted.


Heart Attack – Wild Rivers