It’s officially December!
December can be a magical time of year, a time of giving and receiving gifts, spending time with your loved ones, and getting cosy with fairy lights twinkling and the heating to combat those dark nights! But, December can also be an extremely stressful time of year when living with a chronic illness. The cold weather, multiple social commitments one after another and the stress of having to buy presents, decorate, and make sure everyone’s having a magical time can really take its toll.
So the amazing Blurt Foundation have created a little something to help people take a few moments out of their day to reflect on calm and mindfulness. They are encouraging people to get involved with their photo challenge that they’ll be running across social media. But even if you don’t use Instagram or other social media apps, why not use it as a prompt for journal entries? The idea is that each day in December you get a word to which you need to take a photo, post it on social media, and write a little bit about what it means to you. It’ll make more sense when you see the below picture, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #blurtmerrycalmness (that’s blurt merry calmness)!
I think it’s a wonderful idea and something that we can all use as a tool to focus on some mindfulness and give ourselves a slice of calm throughout the chaos of Christmas. Take 10 minutes a day for yourself to either use it as prompts for journal entries just for you (writing can be very therapeutic) or use it to take a daily photo and write a bit about what it means to you.
Get creative, use the hashtag to see what everyone else is doing, and practice some mindfulness with a modern twist!
Sending love and Christmas calm!
(For more info and resources visit The Blurt Foundation’s website here: The Blurt Foundation)