Ways to cope with your Christmas preparations
Queuing in a busy shop the other day, I overheard someone say,
“I’ll be pleased when Christmas is over.”
It’s such a shame, don’t you think, that the run up to Christmas has become something which many people endure rather than enjoy. Of course I can appreciate the pressure to prepare and to try to fit everything in as well as doing all the things we normally do. The extra pressure, however, can make it seem more like a chore than a special time.
So, here are some things you may want to try to help you to cope during this busy time of the year.
Learn to say ‘no’
Are you someone who takes responsibility for doing everything for everyone else?Someone who always puts the needs and wishes of others before your own? Unless the other person is completely unable to do something for themselves, get into the mindset of believing that it’s okay to occasionally say ‘no.’
Try not to fall into the trap of doing things yourself just because it’s quicker or easier than leaving it to someone else. You were not born knowing how to use the washing machine, knowing how to find the perfect gift or knowing how to put petrol in the car. Just as you learned to do things, so can others too. Do your share by all means but recognise and encourage others to understand that you also need a break, so that come Christmas day you’re in the right frame of mind and not too exhausted to enjoy it.
Cloak of protection
Your subconscious mind is very powerful and you can use it to help yourself in so many ways. Many people feel over burdened by external pressures or feel vulnerable in particular situations. This technique is a useful one for the times when you want to feel a sense of protection. It’s a good one to use when you need the strength to say, ‘no’ too.
Before going into a particular situation or at the start of the day, go somewhere where you won’t be disturbed, close your eyes and take two or three deep breaths.
Use the power of your imagination to visualise yourself putting on a protective, hooded cloak. It can be made of any material, be any length and in any colour you choose it to be in. It’s your cloak, so you choose how you want it to be. Make it a really bright, powerful and vivid image in your mind.
Now, as you pull your cloak around you, imagine you can feel the cloak wrapped around you. Feel the texture and the comfort of the material. Feel and believe in the protection and comfort it gives you.
Take a few more deep breaths, keep your cloak wrapped securely around you and then go and face the world.
Make time to just – breathe….
Giving yourself just five or 10 minutes of quiet time will do you the world of good both mentally and physically. Use this time to do some calming breath work.
Sit or lie down in a quiet place, breathe in for a silent count of seven and out again for a silent count of 11. Do this approximately six times and then use the remaining time for relaxing and for recharging your batteries.
I hope you enjoy trying the above techniques and learn to enjoy and take pleasure in preparing for a more stress-free Christmas.
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About Pamela Crane
Pamela Crane is a senior level hypnotherapist. Well regarded for her expertise and high quality service, Pamela has helped numerous people overcome their problems and move on to live healthier and happier lives.