Christmas doesn't have to be a stress-fest fuelled with stodge. If yours tends to be, read on...
Now if your first thought at reading that title was “Huh! Yeah right, as if Christmas could ever be relaxing…” then perhaps it’s time to think about your perception and attitude determining your reality. Because it does!
When Christmas arrives, we can get used to behaving in certain ways, stuck in some very unhelpful rituals and end up in the same situation each year. So is it any wonder ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ for so many is anything but?!
Fortunately, there is another way of doing Christmas. It takes patience and practice, but like anything it starts with you. I’ve broken it down into two strategies, in order for this Christmas to be your most relaxed and peaceful to date.
- Be honest with yourself
If last year/the year before/every Christmas ends up being a stress-fest, why would you kid yourself that this year will be different?!
Start with being honest with yourself about what you truly do or do not have the capacity for. Life is short and it’s ok to say no. Especially to people that are toxic.
If on reflection, the problem turned out to be giving yourself way too much to do (this is why it helps to be REALLY honest) then it might help to remember the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!
So you can therefore choose to do something different this year; perhaps utilising the people around you to share the workload.
So I wish you the happy and peaceful Christmas you deserve and now have the ability to make happen!