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5 tips for a HAPPY Christmas

It’s a strange thing – we wish each other “happy” Christmas and yet the rates of suicide, homicide and domestic violence all sky rocket.  It can be a difficult time of year for many people so here are a few tips to help you navigate through it more successfully. 

1.  Let go of expectations.  Expectations of how things should be, how people should be.  My daughter pointed out to me the other day that I had expectations of someone that couldn’t possibly be fulfilled – even though I had already put myself on alert to drop expectations - so it is a challenge.  However letting them go does feel good because it puts an end to all the conflict and angst that is set up by having unfulfilled expectations.  

2.  Become the observer.  Family gatherings can be a wonderful joy as well as a time of triggering.   Instead of allowing the old negative reaction to take over see if you can stay as witness to it and take an empowered position – go to the bathroom and tap on the emotion or say the FasterEFT mantra to yourself – “I let it go, I let it go, I just let it go”.   My clients find this can be an excellent time to witness the patterns that have governed their life, which gives them the opportunity to go free from them. 

3.  Take care of yourself.  Too much food, drink and not enough sleep doesn’t make us happy.    When food wasn’t so plentiful it made sense to celebrate with a feast  but in our Western society it doesn’t make quite so much sense.  Let’s stick with the abundance which is wonderful and reap the rewards of saying no to over-indulgence. 

4.  Take time out to express gratitude.  No matter the challenges we’ve faced during the year there is always a multitude of things to appreciate and be grateful for.  The expression of gratitude is one of the most important pathways to feeling good.  Express gratitude to others, write in your journal , say prayers of thanks – whatever works for you. 

5.  Laugh!  Yes, laughter is the best medicine – it lowers the level of stress-hormones in your body and boosts immune function.  What’s not to like?  If no-one is making you laugh set out to make them laugh.  And instead of watching a violent video find one that gets the giggles going.

6.  A bonus tip – don’t forget to tap!!

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