Advent – looking forward to Christmas – can be a time of additional stress and frantic activity, especially if you’re the one who takes responsibility for managing the family’s plans, presents, and general merriment. So how about you take an hour out to make yourself a self-care advent wreath? It’s both a decoration and a visual reminder to take time out for yourself, filled with ideas for how to do exactly that. It’s super-easy and will help you stay sane in December!
How to make the self-care advent wreath
Are you in? (Go on – it doesn’t matter if you’re a few days later joining in, either. No-one’s counting.)
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- a wreath (mine was made by Charlotte but this one is similar)
- 24 gift tags/luggage tags (I used these ones)
- number stickers (optional)
- decorations (I used this ivy wreath, these wooden letters and these red wooden stars)
- hot glue, ribbon, string or another method of fixing decorations on
Step 2: List your self-care activities
Think of all the self-care activities you’d like to do in the run-up to Christmas and write each one on a tag. There are some suggestions below. You can number each tag or just pick one each day – it’s up to you. I’ve gone for the un-numbered approach so I can find one that fits my mood or the time available each day.
Here are 24 ideas (so you don’t even need to think about it unless you want to!):
- Go for a walk
- Go out for coffee and cake
- Take yourself to the cinema
- Read a book or magazine (not adoption related!)
- Go to bed two hours earlier than usual
- Bake something delicious
- Put a DVD/Netflix/Amazon Prime on and crash out
- Sit down and just breathe for a few minutes
- Listen to an encouraging or amusing podcast
- Do something creative
- Arrange for someone else (partner? teenager? takeaway?) to do the cooking
- Arrange an evening out
- Get up an hour early to do something for yourself before the rest of the family wake up
- Write a plan for something you want to achieve in 2019
- Meditate (if that’s new to you, try Headspace, and if you think it sounds crazy, read 10% Happier)
- Go carol-singing (or go to hear others singing)
- Binge-watch something you love on TV
- Have a pyjama day
- Get a diary or calendar for 2019 (I love The Happiness Planner and this link gives you $5 off), mark some self-care days and arrange the childcare
- Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for
- Put your favourite music on (or make a new playlist)
- Pay your child to do the housework
- Put decorations up in a part of your home that isn’t usually decorated for Christmas, where they’ll make you smile
- Buy yourself a Christmas present
Step 3: Decorate
Next, decorate your wreath, using the hot glue, string or ribbon to fix the decorations on.
Step 4: Tie on the tags
Tie the gift tags to the wreath. This can be a bit fiddly! You can choose whether to do them in order or make it more random.
Then hang it up and admire your handiwork, and remember to use it every day to reap the benefits!
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