The Christmas blues
The Christmas blues - the festive period is once more, almost upon us.
The shops start playing those familiar tunes, they decorate their windows and stack their shelves high with Christmas gifts to tempt us. We watch from the comfort of our armchairs as and one by one the large stores compete for the advert that pulls hardest on your heart strings (and purse strings). We’re promised sofas delivered by Christmas, windows installed by Christmas, and coffee shops start offering new ‘festive’ flavoured drinks as we breathe in the seasonal aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg all around us.
For some this is indeed a truly magical time of year! But for others, this barrage of never ending Christmas-ness serves only to remind us of just how difficult the next few weeks might be.
Everyday problems are exasperated during Christmas, the kids are home and super charged with excitement and chocolate, there are presents to buy and wrap, a house to clean and decorate and then there is probably the most important meal of the year to plan and prepare for. Most people lose their cool at one point or another during the holiday. Studies show that this forced family time increases strain on even the healthiest of relationships. It’s therefore little surprise to learn that divorce enquiries are doubled in the first week on January!
On top of this there are a whole host of other reasons why some of us find the period harder to deal with than others. Maybe you have invited the whole family to stay and already beginning to feel the pressure of shouldering that responsibility alone. Perhaps it’s the financial aspect, how to meet the children’s expectations with unemployment, job insecurity or mounting debt. And for many, Christmas acts as that painful reminder of the people and the love we have lost.
However, I bring good news! Whatever your personal situation is, there are steps you can take to shifting those feelings of festive woe. We can’t avoid the commercial steam train that is Christmas but we can avoid the negative associations that surround it by using hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy can really help. It isn’t magic, it can’t make your problems disappear overnight but it can help you put your emotions in order. It addresses and settles down unwanted feelings, fears and concerns and allows you to navigate an easier, clearer pathway through this Christmas and beyond.
Don’t allow the festive period to get you down this year. Be kind to yourself and find a reputable hypnotherapist that can start you on your journey to a calmer, more peaceful, happier Christmas.
About the author
I decided to train as a Hypnotherapist at The Clifton Practice after a life changing experience using Hypnotherapy during pregnancy in 2010. Fascinated with it's effectiveness I am passionate to help increase awareness of how much Hypnotherapy can really improve life.
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Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.HypApril 17th, 2018