It seems impossible to believe that we are fast approaching the end of 2017 and yet we’re almost there.
The lead up to Christmas can be both stressful and costly for many and even emotionally difficult for those who have lost loved ones, so I wanted to share a valuable 9-step process to manage this challenging time of year, so you feel less stressed and more in control.
1) Plan your Christmas tasks so you have plenty of time and stick to them. It reminds me of that old adage: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
2) Have a budget for what you’re spending on gifts, food, etc. and stick to it. What’s the point of over-spending if it means you're in debt for the 3 months?
3) Programme in short bursts of “you time” so you can rest and recuperate. This is critical and, paradoxically, the busier you are, the more important it is for you to do this.
When working with clients, I see the tendency to move from one task to another, like an automaton, without giving themselves the time to think, acknowledge wins or rest.
4) Keep a positive mental attitude. Not much more to say on this one, except that it will be easier to achieve if you apply points 1-3 and 5-8.
5) Don’t take it all too seriously!
6) When buying gifts, it’s not how much you spend, it’s how much thought goes into them and how you feel when you buy them that counts. If you’re feeling stressed and buy something expensive in a rush, then the receiver is receiving your stress.
On the other hand, if you buy gifts when you’re feeling relaxed and happy, then the recipients will receive that energy.
Which do you think they will prefer?
7) When you notice the stress creeping in, stop, take a deep breath and feel grateful for everything and everyone in your life.
This only takes a few minutes to do and yet the benefit can be proportionally much greater.
8) If you have lost loved ones, it’s normal to feel sad that they’re no longer with you. I can personally relate to that one!
Then you can flip it around and be grateful that they were a part of your life. Then focus on what you’re grateful for now.
You may not always choose the circumstances in which you find yourself, however, you are always at liberty to choose what you think about them. Understanding and realising that is true power.
9) If all else fails, just get drunk! 🙂
When all the jobs are done, you can just relax and enjoy yourself. Then when you’re ready, reflect on the wins, challenges and insights that 2017 brought you and prepare for the coming year.
Thank you for reading and for your comments and I look forward to sharing more with you in 2018.
It only remains for me to wish you the happiest of Christmases and a very prosperous 2018.
I’m Vanessa Ugatti, author of Amazon Best Seller, True Worth: How to Charge What You’re Worth and Get It. I help accountants, lawyers and consultants to generate more income, have more time and create more freedom without having to get more clients, do more work or compromise value or values.
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