Countdown to Christmas...arghh

Is that the most stressful time for you right now?

Running from one Christmas-business-lunch to the next Christmas-business-cocktail and dinner, meeting, brunch, lunch, cocktail, dinner, meeting?

Dreading the next small talk, pretending to be light, interested, excited and funny,


your desk is full of work that has to be done before end of year and you have no clue when?

Besides your family needs attention, you need to prepare the festivities at home, getting presents, ordering food, organising holidays?

Your life seems full of duties and pressure.

You are already exhausted just to think about it...

and end up binge snacking at night,

having that one glass of wine too much,

not being able to fall asleep properly, with your mind at ease.


no matter how much time is eaten by things you are expected to do, there is always time for yourself!

You just need to grab it and unwind.

Just 5 minutes can be enough.

Bringing yourself out of your head,

into awareness of the moment,

easing the tension you feel inside.

A mini-recharge,

mini selfcare,

mini attention to what is you.

It can be done by breathing, breathing with awareness.

As you sit or stand somewhere,

just place your hand on your belly,

noticing the way you are breathing and

slowing it down consciously, deepening your inhale and exhale just a bit longer.

Open the window or go in front of the house for just 5 minutes, or even less.

Breathe the freshness of the cold air,

notice the sound of the rain and wind (perfect for Belgium).

Just be!

Mindful. Present. Now.

Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind,

"gone with the wind" is OK,

another deep breath,

sound of traffic, it's OK,

still so much to do, what the hell, it's Ok...

hand, belly, breath,...