Tis the season to be merry

Tis the season to be merry for some, but what if you approach Christmas filled with dread.

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops we all need to prepare ourselves for the last season of the year. The trees shed their leaves to prepare for the winds whilst parents find themselves shedding the contents of their wallets to prepare for Christmas Day.

Here are some top tips for having a merry Christmas:

1. Instead of fretting about making the perfect dinner and worrying about everyone liking it, have a “oh so what attitude” this year. It’s about being together sharing the meal. If the sprouts are a little soggy or the turkey is slightly overcooked then have a quiet chuckle to yourself about it as I doubt anyone else has noticed or cares that much.

2. Enjoy the odd glass of sherry, some vino with the meal or extra brandy cream with the Christmas pudding but don’t overdo it. You don’t want to spend Boxing Day beating yourself up.
Remember too much drink can lead to family arguments, especially at christmas time.

3. Reflect on the year and think about what you would like to do in 2016. However, be mindful of spiralling too far into a negative thought pattern concentrating on what you “don’t have”.
My favourite saying to overcome this is “I have everything I need”.

4. If you feel a sense of separation from friends, your partner or family then find comfort in other ways. You may find your neighbour is really lonely and could do with a friendly face and a mince pie.

5. Remember Christmas is for kids, however if you spend more than you can afford you will need to find the extra money in 2016 from somewhere!
Plan a budget you can afford and stick to it. Boundaries and discipline are important life skills if you want to avoid regretting your actions later.

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