Five Fab ways to enjoy Christmas

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Mummy says….’At this time of year, it is very easy to get stressed – well worry not, we have five fab ways to enjoy Christmas:

1. Count your blessings. It is easy to get swept up in what ‘everyone else’ seems to have or be getting, or where they are going. Stop and look at what you have. Every day, jot down three things that you have. Family, good health, a home, enough food, clean clothes etc.

2. Following on from this, be grateful. Give thanks every day for what you have. Simple things such as instead of moaning that your car is old and a bit cranky, give thanks that you HAVE a car.

Five Fab ways to enjoy Christmas

3. STOP! And breathe! Take a few moments to just focus on this moment. Use all your senses RIGHT NOW to experience this very moment. This really helps if you are feeling a little over whelmed or panicked. And you can do it anywhere.

4. Similar to the last point, Stop and take a nice slow breath in, counting to 7. Exhale slowly, counting to 11. I used to recommend this 7/11 breathing technique to my counselling clients. You can use the counts of 5/7 if it is easier for you.

5. Focus on only what you are doing now. Thinking ahead of all that you have to do can seem almost too much at times. By just focusing on the job in hand, you will feel more satisfied when it is complete, and can then move on to the next job.

These five fab ways to enjoy Christmas can be applied to any time of year, and used in any situation too. Whether you are out shopping, waiting in the car at traffic lights or working at home, you will feel calmer and better able to cope if you use any of these techniques.

What do you do when it all gets a bit much?’

34 Comments

  1. I’m not feeling too stressed about Christmas at the moment. I think because we are having it at home, by ourselves, I don’t have to worry about playing host. We can just enjoy each other’s company and relax. These are great tips and I especially love number 1. xx
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  2. I normally get a cup of tea when it all gets too much lol. Great tips. I think one and two are so important. We all get wrapped up in worrying about whether we have got enough etc. X
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  3. I take time away from situations and read, I get lost in a book 🙂 And relax x
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  4. Sounds like some great tips to remain calm and stress free this holiday season.
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  5. I like to escape by having a long hot bath and reading my book x
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  6. I love to stop and just look around at everyone I love smiling – that makes things all OK again for me.
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  7. Im concentrating on relaxing and enjoying it this year! No stress here!! 😉
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  8. I am confident that this year will be stress free for me. I planned my Christmas shopping early and my family agreed on a simple, easy to make but delicious Christmas feast.
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  9. I love Christmas and like to slow down and take it all in, getting to see my children enjoying it so much is priceless x
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  10. Christmas can be quite stressful with so much going on and some very over excited children. Great tips to get through the festive season.
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  11. Oh this is lovely and great tips to enjoy Christmas the fun, happy way. Love this popping over from #love2blog
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  12. Stop and breathe love that one! I definitely try to do that when the holidays come round otherwise I’m like a whirl wind! thanks for the ideas 🙂

  13. I am SO excited for Christmas this year. I say it all the time but I really am. These are definitely fab ways to enjoy Christmas.
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  14. I’m hoping Christmas will be stress free for us this year. We are spending Christmas at home just the three of us and then over to the in laws boxing day
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  15. Ah I love this post. It’s so refreshing to read a post that’s not all about the gifts and expense of Christmas. You’re so right as well, stopping and trying not to get stressed is so important. I find cooking christmas lunch really stressful, I can never get it all ready at the same time, aargh!x
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  16. Christmas is far more laid back this year which I like because it reduces stress. We are going out to a restaurant for it and letting them feed us instead.
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  17. I love Christmas, lovely post. We like to take time to remember the real reason for the season and enjoy family time.

  18. These are some of best ways to enjoy Christmad. Be humble and be thankful. Thanks for sharing

  19. Great ideas. I think enjoying the moment is definitely one. Nothing worse than being out with the children doing something whilst thinking about the next. I also think being organised helps to enjoy the festive season! X
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  20. I am most definitely looking forward to not having to work for the entire 2 weeks of CHristmas for the first time in years!
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  21. Am hoping for a nice relaxing christmas this year but are planning a stroll along the beach
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  22. We like to draw the curtains once we get home so we know then whatever has happened during the day can be shut out.
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  23. Counting my blessings always works for me – and taking our dog for a walk helps too!
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  24. Thank you for sharing! these are great tips to help enjoy the holiday season.
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  25. These are great ideas. Up to now I am not feeling to stressed about Christmas yet! I will probably next week whilst I am Christmas shopping though. x
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  26. I love this post and I completely agree about counting your blessings, being grateful and mindful. Learning to practice gratitude daily has really changed my life for the better x

  27. Totally agree about giving thanks, it can turn my mood from a very black one. I love to read when I need to chill x
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  28. THIS!
    I always count my blessings.. I should do it every morning really. But the stop and breath – I think that might be life in general LOL.
    Great list babe …. So excited for Christmas!! Not long now 😀
    Charlotte x

  29. Some great tips there. When I feel overwhelmed and things get a bit to much I take some deep breaths and that immediately calms me down.

    Laura x
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  30. Great tips – my time out is to have a nice, bubbly bath – it always makes me feel better! 🙂
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  31. I take a break, I get stressed quite easily, especially in December, with all the pressure to look cheerful and buy, buy, buy so when I feel the pressure building to dangerous levels I take a day off blogging and try and do as little as possible in the house also, to allow my system to recover.xx
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  32. Singing carols with other people always cheers me up and distracts me from any stress or worries at Christmas xx
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  33. I normally escape with my camera outdoors when it gets a bit much. Christmas is definitely a time for chilling, eating and generally lolling around. My daughter is five on Christmas Day too so we tend to keep ourselves busy!
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  34. This is great advice, it’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialism and lose sight of what’s important.

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