Ann Finnemore, Hypnotherapy, Coaching and Stress Management

I blog about the latest research, items appearing in the news, related books I've read and about how the various tools and techniques I use in therapy and coaching work. I also like to pass on any tips that could help you succeed in making any of those changes you've been thinking of (along with the occasional healthy recipe). I hope at least some of what I write makes you think -- that's always a good way to kick off a change of some sort!

Two key causes of Christmas stress - and how to avoid them

Two key causes of Christmas stress - and how to avoid them

Are you looking forward to Christmas? Despite the media image that Christmas is a season of unlimited joy and love, the reality is that Christmas, and the preparations for it, are extremely stressful for many people - even those who, on the whole, love Christmas. If not acknowledged and managed, the stress can get to a level which affects your health and happiness.

Two of the most common reasons for stress building up over the festive are:

  • Possible financial concerns for anyone with a number of presents to buy and more mouths than usual to feed. Add to this the cost of attending Christmas dinners and “dos” and stress can start to mount even before the holiday itself starts.
  • The emotional stress of whether and how to see all the family over what is, in reality, a very short period. The whole family being under one roof for the holiday can also become stressful at times, with tensions mounting as people can’t get any private down-time to recharge themselves.

Luckily, it's possible prepare to manage these stressors well, and so make Christmas a truly magical time. .

So, to enjoy your Christmas, however hectic, try the following tips:

  • Take a little time to plan both your finances and also the holiday itself.  Your friends and family won't want you to get into debt simply to buy them gifts.  The art of gift goving is to get something personal, which shows you have thought about them as an individual.  This needn't be expensive - being thoughtful is more valuable than being lavish.
  • Plan the time over the holiday so that it gives you, and others, a chance to relax in a way that really works (accepting that this will be different for different people). That way, everyone has a little space for themselves and so will be able to enjoy the company of others so much more.
  • Be aware of the signs of stress and act quickly -- by taking a few steps to manage stress early, the negative impact of stress can, on the whole, be avoided -- leaving you to enjoy the thrill of it all and the pleasure of being with family and friends.

Stress can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. You can watch a short video about these symptoms and why they occur on the anxiety page of this website

So, plan for your Christmas to be a happy and healthy one, leaving you ready to enter the New Year full of energy and optimism!  To help manage any stress, why not download the free relaxation MP3 on our hypnotherapy pages?

If your stress and anxiety are more long-term than just Christmas, then get in touch and find out how our services could help - make 2016 the year you let go of your stress and begin to live the life you want instead.

Best wishes for a stress-free Christmas.



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