Staying in control over Christmas is never an easy task. Attending event after event until suddenly it's a week before Christmas and you haven't even started your shopping. You start to notice you've gained
weight as there hasn't been any time left to exercise and all the events have been littered with tempting treats. You remember how last year you said you were going to be better prepared this year but with only 4 weeks until Xmas you think it's too late... that's not the case. Over the next 3 days I will focus on four key areas to ensure you stay in control this silly season. I will give you advice and tips to help you manage your stress, nutrition, shopping and events. Today's topic is the most important as you will
learn skills from this to carry through into the other areas.
There is no doubt that unless you are the type that is super organised all year round, Christmas is a stressful time. There is so much to think about. Presents, Christmas cards, Christmas gatherings with friends, family and work colleagues, what to cook and the list goes on. As the weeks creep past you feel as if you have zero time to get everything done. Trust me you can, and you will, without losing all your hair in the process! Breathe, take a notebook and pen and sit down with a cup of tea, a clear mind and start the planning process. Make a list, it will only take 10- 30 minutes of your day. You could even do it on your lunch break. It's simple, write down everything that is on your mind under sub headings such as: Who to buy for, Christmas Day, Other events, Holidays etc. Once you have made your list, before tackling everything head on take a few moments to think about your state of mind.
To ensure that thinking about all of these things doesn't affect your mindset negatively with a myriad of emotions such as stress, anxiety and even depression. Simply take the time to notice any negative thoughts arising and ensuring you eliminate them before they manifest into any negative actions or responses.
This technique is the essence of mindfulness. The essence of mindfulness is to ensure we closely
guard our minds activity. For example; you have looked at your account balance and can see that you aren't sure how you are going to afford everyone's presents this year. Immediately your mind wandersto other family members providing 'better' presents. Emotions such as shame and grief may start to
arise. Rather than allowing them to manifest and creating you harm, catch them before they do and
dismiss them. Realise that such thoughts are useless, they hold no substance or form as they are
I like to use the 7's rule - will it matter in 7 minutes, yes, ok will it matter in 7 hours, yes, ok will it matter in 7 days, 7 months, 7 years, 70 years, 700 years, and so on.... Of course it wont matter, its ridiculous and pointless to think that anything that we think right now will ultimately make our lives that much better or worse.
Going back to our example can you remember how great your gifts were to your friends and family 7
years ago? I bet you can't and I bet they can't either. Apply this rule to any negative thoughts that arise when tackling and planning through your list and you will be fine. This technique can be applied not
only with dealing with stress but also in all your daily tasks and needs. Keep this technique in the back of your mind when reviewing our articles in Nutrition, Shopping and Events
Have you ever taken the time to think about how you can be sensible with food at Christmas? Without depriving yourself of so many of the wonderful things that make Christmas so special? Let me assure
you, you absolutely can still enjoy Christmas without stuffing your face with everything that comes
your way or saying yes to every wine top up!
If you would like to hear some strategies about how to go about doing exactly this then tune in Friday 27th for more info in: How not to turn into Santa this Christmas!
Shopping oh glorious shopping. Some people love it, me personally, not a fan. Do I like buying the one off birthday or engagement pressie? You bet, but buying what feels like 310 gifts for everyone who
ever stepped foot in my life does not sound all that wonderful! That said once the shopping is all done and the dreadful wrapping is out of the way, and you see a beautiful Christmas tree surrounded by
gifts just waiting to be handed out, it is all worth it. But how do I get my shopping done without taking out a second mortgage or feeling like you'll never find that perfect gift?
We have the answers, tune in Saturday 28th for: Christmas Shopping made easy!
If you're anything like me and you have more than one person within your work and friendship
network, your family and extended family is growing by the day, you have school events, community
events and then all the regular stuff. Those poor people that have Birthdays in December and even
weddings and baby showers. Basically your event invites are in the double digits and it's so
overwhelming you want to scream. If you try to attend everything you will fall apart at the seams.
So how do you manage?
Tune in Sunday 29th for: Start December your way!