“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” Marianne Williamson. This month's themes: Self-Care and Top 5 Survival Tips for Christmas. 

ADADSU eNews December 2016
*Top 5 Survival Tips for Christmas*

The topic for this month is a about self-care.
What does this actually mean?? Especially for Christmas when we are supposed to think of everybody else? And anyway there is just no time!!

But hang-on we have some tips for you to make surviving this Christmas and New Year a little easier!
Tip 1: Plan ahead
One of the most difficult things for most of us is to keep up with all the many hundreds of tasks that still need doing, amongst our usual work, quickly meeting up with friends for yet more 'festive drinks or meet-ups' not forgetting all the Christmas arrangements with family and friends, who does the cooking, shopping, etc. and it can all become very overwhelming! As they say 80% of any good project is the planning, and it can really take the edge off feeling out of control and overwhelmed.
Tip 2: Self-care: Time and Space for yourself
However, it is equally important to 'plan in' time for yourself! Time and space to be, and to nurture yourself - take a bath, a walk, to sit somewhere and read or listen to an audio story or just pondering and enjoying the park during the daylight hours. This may seem 'inconvenient' to some of us, but actually can help with your levels of productiveness with the rest of your tasks if you give yourself enough time out!
Tip 3: Laugh and Love: Maximise your time with people you actually want to spend time with and reduce time with those you don’t
I know none of us can choose our family and there are people that find spending Christmas with family and blood relations very stressful and even traumatic, draining and very difficult. Of course many of us feel we have to satisfy certain obligations and duties, however, we do still have choices. Planning our time carefully and how much time we can and are able to give to these situations and how we want to respond and react to them, comes down to us, even if we feel our buttons get pushed. And it is absolutely OK to say no and create different plans for yourself and chose to spend more of your valuable time with those people who you enjoy being around and who energise you rather than drain you.
Tip 4: Keep hydrated with water
Part of the planning is to remember all in 'moderation' and balance. Keep your personal filter bottle of water with you or make sure you break up the alcohol consumption with sufficient water intake in-between to reduce the potential next day hang-over and mood slump.
Tip 5: Move a little more: walk, dance and play with kids and your animals!
Equally, with the increased food and drink consumption, make sure to choose to move a little more, taking the stairs more often, walk instead of taking the bus or underground, go for some walks in the park, dance a little more or play a little more – and kids, dogs and other animals from family, neighbours and friends can really help and create more laughter and fun time that helps us cope better with the winter months.

“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.”
Marianne Williamson

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The most important thing is finding a loving support system. Family, friends, pets and nature. If that is difficult, finding teachers, therapists and coaches you trust can form an integral part of this non-judgemental support system to help you make sense of it and help you “through” it. Talking about it with different people is often very helpful and yet most of us are worried about it, we don’t want to burden others or feel guilty of being repetitive to our friends.
Connecting with yourself in a more compassionate and non-judgemental way, giving yourself as much time and space as you need, will be key components to getting to know yourself more again, knowing what your needs are and how you can nurture yourself more even the most stressful time of the year. 

We are covering the 7th chakra this month for suitable meditation question for you reviewing this year and planning next year, and there is a tasty Christmas red cabbage recipe fitting to this month’s chakra as well as a short 5 minute yoga Christmas survival kit session to help you re-connect with yourself. The movie "Surviving Christmas" with Ben Affleck may be an fun edition to your Christmas (with an interesting concept of renting a family for Christmas) :-), so remember to have some fun and to have a laugh! 

Have a very happy Christmas and New Year 2017 from all of us at ADADSU!

Warm wishes,
Lara & the ADADSU Team

This Month’s Meditation Questions For You

  • Do you feel you have any insight into why your life looks as it does at this point in time?
  • Can you trust yourself, your intuition - about these and other things?
  • What needs to happen for you to feel more in touch with your yourself to help you make the right choices going forward?

These questions are linked to the 7th chakra, the crown chakra. It is the higher chakra that connects you to something more - you may want to call it consciousness, the universe or another word. It is often engaged when you are feeling calm and at peace. 
It is connected to our need for self-care and noticing what we may need to make us happy so we can feel more at peace with ourself and with the world around us, even in the most turbulent conditions.

Ask yourself: “In what place or during what activity do you feel most at peace? Do you take time for yourself to recharge, relax, and just be? What activities, or practices, can you cultivate to feel more connected in 2017?"
The 7th chakra is predominantly associated with the colour purple. It can be useful to explore these questions if you do any form of meditation or seek a calm space and see what comes up when you try and answer these questions. And remember to KEEP BREATHING! ;-)

Of course, all of us could do with a little help in the process of getting through some difficult times and to be able to move forward. If you need any help or support, or have any questions about it, feel free to contact us or find more information at

Recipe of the Month: Festive Red Cabbage Recipe, click here for the full recipe. 
YouTube Video: Have Some Fun and Laugh! 'Surviving Christmas' - Movie Trailer (Comedy Movie) [2 minutes] Click here 

You can get the full movie on Amazon Prime or from other retailers. 
Yoga Session of the Month: Yoga Christmas Survival Kit [5 minutes] Click here to access the video.

This Yoga Christmas Survival Kit will help you cope with too much food and too much family. Sneak out for a minute or three and relax... If you are looking for something slightly longer, Miss Ekhart offers a 35 minute yoga session to cope with any Winter Blues and getting through the cold and darker season better. Enjoy!
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