It’s the most wonderful time of the year….or so the popular song by Andy Williams (played on a loop in every shop you go into!) leads us to believe.
“ It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the yearIt’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap-happiest season of all “
From childhood we are fed the belief that Christmas is a magical time, when magical things happen and life is good, but by the time we reach adulthood, does the sparkle start to fade?
Whatever conversations you are having in the Supermarket queue or at the school gate, research by Mental Health charities finds that what Christmas entails adds to a Mental overload that can lead to more intense feelings of unhappiness.
” Sarah Murphy head of advice and helplines at Rethink Mental Health told The Independent that its supporters of all ages report that the pressure to be more cheerful and splash out on presents can cause mental strain – exacerbating symptoms of panic attacks, depression, low-moods, and cause sleeping problems and even thoughts of self-harm and suicide. ” (1)
Does reality contrast with the pretty, idyllic pictures of families carolling and sitting together round the Christmas tree looking very jolly? What is hiding beneath those smiles? Do you genuinely feel joy and peace or are you feeling exhausted, resentful, tired and stressed?
With this in mind, I’m running 2 workshops in Tunbridge Wells at the end of November, to help you survive the silly season, and find joy in it, rather than reaching Christmas day with a massive sigh of relief, feeling that you’ve got their by the skin of your teeth, but you are so tired, you can’t enjoy it fully.
When you think of what Christmas entails….extra shopping, greater expenditure, work deadlines, more social invitations, school fairs, school performances, more expectations from others and those we place on ourselves. What this does is put a greater demand on our executive function skills, as we try to keep track of things and pay attention to a greater amount of responsibilities and a busier schedule. Our pre-frontal cortex goes into over drive and it’s this that causes the “stress of the season”
I don’t want you to feel the stress or overwhelm of the season and so in my workshop I’m going to help you claim your sparkle for the season by giving you tools and strategies for:
- Managing anxiety and stress
- Managing children’s tantrums
- Managing expectations: Yours, your children’s and others
- We will be Anchoring how you want to feel during the season.
- You will come away with a plan to reduce overwhelm
What can you gift yourself this Christmas to claim your sparkle?…so you can be as glittery on the inside as the outside?
Book here for Monday 25th November 9.30-11.30am
Book here for Friday 29th November 9.30-11.30am
I look foward to helping you ditch the overwhelm and have a Christmas season that you enjoy.