Are you struggling to manage stress? The festive season is meant to be fun . . . . .
For many people it means financial pressures, family obligations, over indulgences and relationship difficulties, make it difficult to manage stress.
Are you having a good time now that the countdown has begun?
I’ve been thinking about it and looking for the top tips and tricks to help people really truly have a happy Christmas and New Year. I came across this collaborative resource which you can read here.
This is my favourite tip to help manage stress from St Patrick’s:
Decide “which Christmas activities and traditions are most significant to you. Only participate in those activities that have significance for you and decline the activities which cause stress or are insignificant for you”.
‘Decide’ that’s it, right there in that one word!
You get to, manage stress, take charge of your life and decide the best ways to maintain wellbeing and happiness for yourself and your dear ones over the coming weeks. Getting this one right pretty much takes care of everything else. However the things that get in the way of good decision making are major themes for most of my clients. So, some top tips to help decision making happen
- Remember that decision making is a process and try to gain the information and the time that you need to work things through.
- Both rational thinking and intuition come into decision making. Intuition is sometimes considered to be superior or divinely guided. In reality is simply a blend of previous experiences and values (both of which can get a bit skewed) so pay attention to intuition but apply your sense of reason as well.
- And it is important to make some decision because things are going to happen regardless. You might as well have yourself to thank for the great outcomes or the learning opportunities created.
Deciding what holiday season activities and traditions are important to you is a big step towards improved decision making for a more empowered and happier 2016.
Love and blessings, Barbara