Craving a CALM Christmas? Stress-free tips from the Thrive Programme

Craving a CALM Christmas? Stress-free tips from the Thrive Programme

So, 16 days until Christmas.

How are you feeling?

Festive?

Or frenzied?

Excited?

Or overwhelmed?

Whether you’re looking forward to festive frivolity, decorating your house to Instagram-worthy perfection and catching up with your nearest and dearest, or worrying that you’ll never meet those end of year deadlines and get to the end of your To Do list, the Thrive Programme can help you to feel calm and in control without the stress.

Yes, that’s right, with a bit of help from the Thrive Programme you can appreciate the pleasures of Christmas without going into meltdown.

Firstly, think perspective, not panic, and take control of your thinking. Stress sabotages success, which leads to… yes, more stress. Identify when your stress levels are starting to skyrocket, and think your way to calm. A few minutes to conquer your thoughts is time well spent during this busy holiday season.  Mulled wine and a mince pie might really help the process….

Secondly, don’t let yourself fall into self-defeating perfectionism. Good enough really is good enough.  Credit yourself for all you manage to achieve, be it buying presents, juggling a busy social schedule, remembering to place your online shopping order or simply finding the end of the sellotape (or simply FINDING the sellotape!) Keep a sense of perspective and be realistic.

Most importantly, be in the moment. Parties,  Christmas cocktails, over-excited children and even Brussels sprouts: there will be plenty of memorable moments to enjoy over the coming weeks. Take the time to savour and appreciate the real spirit of Christmas.

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The ‘Stress-o-meter’… manage your thinking well and keep your stress-o-meter needle pointing towards the lower
end of the board.  It’s much easier to keep calm, than it is to calm down once you’re stressed!

And if you’re looking for the ultimate gift suggestion, why not buy your friend, neighbour, colleague, boss or even mother-in-law a copy of Rob Kelly’s Thrive book? It’s full of proven & practical ways to achieve health, happiness & success. £24.95, available here.  Who wouldn’t like to find a gift like that under their Christmas tree?