An "old fashioned" Christmas
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Linden Stefaniak Registered Member MBACP
5th December, 20140 Comments
The pace of life can be so hectic that we get carried away in the rush and excitement that is Christmas, and end up feeling stressed and washed out before the holiday even begins.
Did our grandparents feel the same way? Probably not.They had different things to worry about. Dad may have worked on Christmas Day, only coming home for his Christmas meal. The main worry was probably to be able to afford a nice meal - probably a chicken - and some presents for the children. This was usually one "big" present and a stocking from Santa.
Now I'm not suggesting we go back to the days of austerity, but maybe some lessons can be learned from them. This may be controversial! How about, after youv'e wished everyone a Merry Christmas, ditching the social media for a couple of days to give your brain a rest from the constant chatter? And try not to take work home for the holidays. I know that sometimes it's not easy. But it's your holiday. Make the most of it.
A walk on Christmas or Boxing Day is traditional. Nature is healing. If you don't stay in the country, head for a park where you can relax among the trees and greenery.
And most of all, be good to yourself. Christmas may not have been perfect, but nothing ever is. Give yourself a pat on the back! You've survived it and have made some time for renewal and relaxation.
About the author
I'm a counselling psychologist who works in an integrative way with individual clients.
I am a member of a writing group and a reading group which grew from it. I find this is a good way to chill with like-minded people.I also look after three Shetland Ponies, who keep me on my toes and very close to nature!
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