Challenges of the festive season
"T'is the season to be jolly."
Socialising, eating, drinking and being merry with family and friends in cosy, sparkly and fun-filled environments? Or so we hope!
Christmas brings lots of expectations of ourselves and others, to have a good time and for everything to be Christmas advert perfect.
However, with family members absent, living away, or busy working, financial constraints, separated parents, relationship challenges, physical illness and mental health issues, let alone the family dynamics when families get together...the list is endless for the reality to very different.
So prepare for the onslaught and keep yourself positive through this holiday period by thinking about the following:
- Save yourself from feeling too fraught in the days beforehand - have the food menu and present list organised well in advance if you are hosting, and liaise with the other attendees for ideas to contribute to the smooth running of the celebration days.
- Support your host - by asking what would they like you to bring, prepare or contribute if you are lucky enough to be sharing with others, you'll feel involved and still contribute to the atmosphere too.
- Keep things simple - by focusing on what is important and spending some quality time with friends and family in convivial surroundings.
- Ask someone you know who is alone at Christmas to share some celebration with your group.
- Volunteer some time or money for the charities supporting the most vulnerable at this time of year.
Giving more than you take will boost your sense of wellbeing. Focus on gratitude!
For many people it is possible to pace and plan for, but for some the additional challenges at Christmas time make this much more difficult. Mental illnesses such as anxiety or health issues worsened by overeating and excessive drinking can be difficult to manage during the festivities.
Consider what you would want to achieve with these challenges if you functioned from a better place. Again, planning beforehand can be useful. To gain insight which could help you manage these feelings and anxieties beforehand, input from a Hypnotherapist may be a consideration.
Strategies which support you to access key resources at crucial moments are a bonus to help you keep focused, for your own goals but also contribute to maintaining a more positive festive atmosphere.
This may not be possible this year but be aware these tools are available for you to use in the future. If not now, in 2017!
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About Jo Copland-Dando
Jo Copland-Dando is an Integrative Hypnotherapist using NLP, CBT, psychotherapeutic and counselling skills to explore concerns and empower clients to make changes.
With a Nurse, Midwifery and Health visiting background is particularly interested in anxiety, confidence, sleep, weight and pain management. Enabling clients to access their resources.