Making mindful Christmas cards
Research has shown that taking part in even a small amount of creative activity can improve your wellbeing.
So get cosy, make a cup of tea and then start writing a list or just think in your minds eye of all the people you would like to send some love to. All the people who have helped you this year or the people who you haven’t seen for various reasons but you want them to know you haven’t forgotten them.
You can have fun getting a little creative with this activity, but it can also be a really simple thing to do! Try doing simple drawings, using tape or coloured paper, re-purposing old Christmas wrappings or tags, or make a paper snowflake to stick on the card.
Notice all the different colours and textures of the materials and let go of any judgement about your creation. It can be easy to compare, but just try to enjoy the process and the intention; to show someone you care.
When your card is finished, write a meaningful note on the inside. Try focusing on fun memories you’ve had with the person you’re writing to, why they are important to you, things you’re looking forward to with them and the qualities they have that you appreciate
Thich Nhat Hanh said that when he was signing books he would breathe in and breathe out three times thinking of the reader before signing his name – on hundreds of books! Why not have a breath or two for the recipient of your card? It can be a really enjoyable mindfulness practice.
A Christmas card is only a small thing but it comes with a big intention and a wish for happiness.