Christmas is upon us…. it’s the 1st of December; a date that can evoke a variety of emotions.
Unfortunately for some, the silly season is not always a happy time. It may be a time of stress, chaos and overwhelm.
The “All I want for Christmas is 24 days of Happiness Series” is designed for those who need a little help to cope with the demands and disruptions that often come with the festivities of December.
It’s easy to get caught up in the tornado of festive pressures. Invitations to every event going around are flooding in. Buying presents for friends and family who have everything is tiresome.
And often we are bombarded with images of what a “perfect Christmas” should be, making the pressure of the “happiest time of the year,” leaving you feeling exhausted and filled with resentment.
Heres how you can boost your happiness, right from the beginning:
Get clear on what you value about Christmas.
Knowing what Christmas means to you helps you connect with the most important aspects of the season that bring you the most joy and happiness.
Mmmmmm I dont know what I value…..about Christmas
That’s ok. It’s not unusual. Many of us, haven’t given much thought to it. We just jump on the festive bandwagon, mindlessly putting up the tree, buying presents and getting drunk at the work Christmas party.
Get clarity on your values by asking yourself:
Look for themes in your answers… is your family a common theme? What about friends, religion, fun, socialising or relaxation?
Once you are clear on your Christmas Values, then your Christmas activities/December focus should centre on these values.
These values must be at the heart of your Christmas experience, reflected in your daily to-do lists and your waymarker for every festive activity.
Have you been invited to a Christmas party and feel like all you want to do is sit on the beach sipping champagne by yourself? It’s possible you value Peace over Parties…. What should you do????
Politely say no to the party, grab your towel and a bottle of Moet and head to the beach. Your happiness levels will soar, and it will be a guaranteed way to get the happiness you so desire for Christmas.