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    How To Take The Headache Out Of Christmas

    Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they? Christmas is a time of joy, family togetherness and giving presents – and if we believed the advertisers, everyone loves this time of year. However, for many, Christmas is the most challenging time of the year. Those that have lost loved ones miss them. Financial difficulties increase as extra money is needed to buy presents, food and travel costs. Stress levels increase as already full lives need to find the time to organise shopping, preparing and socialising. Family gatherings can bring up unresolved emotional issues. And many have no one to celebrate with, which increases their sense of loneliness. However, there are a ways you can reduce the headache that can be attributed to Christmas.

    Firstly, it’s important to get it all into perspective. This is meant to be a time when it is meant to be a celebration. If your organisation is bringing you added stress and upset, sit back and take a look at what you are doing. What are your reasons for making the whole experience a headache?

    ~If you can’t afford it, keep it really simple. Get a lovely photo and frame it for someone; make some chutney or write a poem. Not only does this take away the pressure, it also helps the groan of our Earth caused by overflowing landfills and reduced natural resources.

    ~If seeing your family brings up past upset, give it a miss this year. Make it your present to yourself to spend the next year overcoming your past, so next year you can sit with those people and feel relaxed.

    ~Make sure you only say yes to what you really want to do. There are many social invitations; you don’t have to go to every single one.

    ~Delegate responsibilities and keep the preparations simple.

    In addition, to give to others has been proven to increase happiness. With this I am not suggesting it as the advertisers are to make you spend more money. Throughout the world, with many in your community, there are many people with really tough challenges – no money, homeless and completely alone. Whatever strikes a chord within you, make an offering that will directly help these people. These suggestions help to keep it all in perspective:

    ~ Take a bag full of food to a food bank.

    ~Visit an elderly neighbour with a box of chocolates and go and share a cup of tea with them.

    ~Connect with someone who has lost someone they love. Grief doesn’t stop after 1 year. For many, the loss can resurface at any time, especially at Christmas. Let them know you are thinking of them and who they lost. Connection is so healing and comforting.

    ~Donate to a charity that is close to your heart.

    So next time you feel your stress levels rise and the headache coming back, remember that how you tackle this time is your choice. You have a right to choose what you do and don’t do. Please be kind to yourself and instead of comparing yourself with what others are doing, take a moment to reflect on what Christmas means to you. From there you can work out your own tradition and what will make you happy. You’ll be surprised how more relaxed you will be.

     

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