Its Christmas………


I sign out for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year Period as I believe its important for us all to take some time out and ensure that our work/life balance is restored.  After all, all those Christmas preparations can be stressful.

I’ll be back, bright and breezy and thinking about goals in the new year, but for now………


All I Want For Christmas ………

Are you feeling the pressure of Christmas?


There are so many demands placed on us at this time of year.  If it isn’t hard enough coping with a job, career, running a business coupled with your home life, this time of year (wonderful that it is) comes complete with lots of other pressures.


Those pressures can not only place increased demands on your time, and lets face it – all that socialising takes up time, not to mention the extra grocery shopping, gift shopping, wrapping, cleaning, decorating……..   Need I go on?


Then there’s the extra stress.  Where is the money coming from? Is the family going to get on? Will uncle Tom like his gift – should you change it now?  There’s pressure coming from all angles to get everything just so.  Just so – to make sure that everyone enjoys their festive season.


Have you ever stopped to ask where this pressure comes from?  Perhaps you should.  For most of us the pressure that we feel will be driven internally.  Those little voices that tell us to get everything perfect are not our friends and families.  They’re ours!!!!

And if you asked your friends and families what they thought.  I suspect the advice would be the same as mine.  So if you want to make more of this festive season, then replace your current internal dialogue with these simple words.

Stop and take some time out to enjoy your festive holiday.  Your friends and family will enjoy it more by experiencing the pleasure of your company and seeing a more relaxed you.  No one will notice if you fail to serve the cranberry sauce.

What advice do you have for others wanting to make the most of Christmas?  Please share.




‘Tis the season not to get stressed…….

I’ve been finding myself getting a little stressed this week.  I’ve got a lot on work wise, I still have the Christmas wrapping to do, presents and cards to deliver and cooking to organise, that’s on top of having an awful lot on at work, and fitting in those last important gym sessions keeping me nicely toned for Christmas.  I’m sure everyone is feeling pretty much the same, so I just wanted to remind you of a few key things to remain relaxed and enjoy your holiday season and distress ready for 2012.

Manage your time – Most of us use some kind of to do list.  Make sure everything is written down so that you’re not worrying about what you might forget.  AND prioritise.  You might want to make sure that everything is attended to in the finest detail, but don’t stress out over the things.  Remember that it might be more important to enjoy your time than whether every present has a bow around it.

Remember what is important – Everyone is entitled to enjoy their Christmas Day and that includes the cook.  So what if you don’t have absolutely ALL the trimmings with your turkey.  It’s the people you’re eating the turkey with that are important.

Take our some ME time – I’m a big advocate of ME time.  At Christmas its as important as ever.  If you want to disappear for half an hour for yoga, relaxation or just time out there’s no need to feel guilty.

And most of all – remember to have a wonderful time.

christmas 2007


This will be my last full blog post until the New Year so remember to start thinking about what you’ve achieved during 2011 and what you want to achieve during 2012.


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