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7 tips for surviving Christmas

posted on Tuesday, 6th December 2016 | find under Fitness
It's the most wonderful time of the year, but the combination of mince pies galore, gifting and extended family socialising can be on the stressful time. To stop any stress for the rest of December we have called upon life coach Jacqueline Hurst to help you navigate the festive season. 

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Schedule some you time. Making time for yourself is imperative over the Christmas season. There is always so much going on, so to stop yourself burning out make sure you schedule some time for a yoga class or a gentle walk. 

Let it go. No I don't mean watch Frozen for the 100th time this Christmas. If you're finding yourself struggling in any way (the kids are misbehaving, the dog has pulled over the tree or your mum keeps calling) my top tip is to take a moment to call a friend and vent it out! Venting is a very good tactic to stop, breathe and proceed, you'll find everything seems a lot calmer once you've spoken about it.  

Just say no. Learning to say no isn’t as hard as it sounds and just remember you don't have to go to every festive event just because it's Christmas. Place your boundaries, embrace a night in and don't be ashamed if you turn down that fifth glass of mulled wine, you don't want to end up exhausted. 

Make a change. We all have that one task we hate doing from peeling sprouts to wrapping gifts. My tip, tackle it in a new way as a fresh approach just might make a difference. For example, if you dread having to send out cards, split the list with someone to save time.

Drop unrealistic expectations this holiday and give yourself a break. Nothing is perfect in life, the mince pies might be slightly burnt, the wrapping paper may have teared slightly, you might have drunk a little more Baileys than you planned, be gentle with yourself and remember you are human!

Focus on what's most important. This is a great time of year to focus on what's most important to you. If you're overwhelmed with dozens of cards to send out, ask yourself, which are the 10 most important? Then email the rest.

Remember to have fun!  We can get so wrapped up (excuse the pun) in making sure everyone else is happy that we can forget to enjoy ourselves. Don’t forget during this season to also share the joy.

Jacqueline Hurst is a master life coach and clinical hypnotherapist. She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network, The Sunday Times, Harpers Baazar and The Daily Telegraph. Jacqueline is also the founder of the Life Class, an online personal course for self development. 
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