My Top 5 Tips For Surviving The Festive Season

Written by Josie Thomson on November 24, 2014

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It’s that time of year again you know, the time to be joyful and jolly.  Yes it’s Christmas time! The most wonderful time of the year… Right? But is it really??

It is meant to be a time of joy and celebration. The opportunity to be around loved ones to celebrate such a revered and blessed occasion. But sadly, the festive season doesn’t normally play out this way. 

To help you maintain your sanity this festive season, I’ve compiled my top 5 tips for coping with the additional pressures this time of the year brings. Your choice of either a video or a transcription is below. Enjoy!  

VIDEO: My Top 5 tips for Surviving & THRIVING this Festive Season!

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Transcription: Top 5 Tips for Surviving the Festive Season

Tip # 1. Keep it in perspective

Don’t buy into all the media hype about having to buy expensive gifts and go to crazy places and be around all these people that you don’t even like or love.  

Christmas time is a time for celebration. It’s a time to be around people you do love. It’s a time to connect. It’s a time give thanks and it’s a time to remember and acknowledge those people who are special to you whether they are with you whether they are no longer with you anymore. 

So its really important to keep it in perspective and not get too caught up with the media hype about it all and what other people may be doing.  Allow them to make their choices and be absolutely at peace and calm with the choices that you make.

Tip # 2 : Keep your routines

If you would normally be getting up and going for a walk or a run or sitting and being quiet and mediating, make sure you keep those routines happening. It is vital that you maintain your calm and peace and flow throughout this crazy silly season.

Tip # 3 : Stay connected

It is really important that you make time and space to connect with other people.  Whether you are living with people or not, maybe get out and sit in a cafe for a little while and be around people if you find yourself on your own. Or phone somebody and let them know that you are thinking of them.

When you reach out and connect with others not only are you feeling the gift of connection, you are also giving that gift to others and that connection is a gift that keeps on giving.

So stay connected!

Tip # 4 : Count your blessings

There is always something to be grateful for. So maybe this year didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Maybe this festive season isn’t the way you would have liked it to be. Take a look around. There is always something to be grateful for. You may not be able to dictate or control the circumstances that you find yourself in right now, but you absolutely have choice in terms of how it impacts you and what you make of it. 

So this is really a time to look around and see what you DO have to be grateful for. Whether it’s that you have shelter over your head. Whether it’s your capacity to have your senses working in perfect order. Whether it’s the fact that you still have love in your heart. Whatever it is, there is always something to be grateful for and being grateful leads to a more healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

Tip # 5 : The gift of giving

The gift of giving doesn’t have to be something expensive. If you are going to give a gift make sure it is from the heart. It is not just giving a gift for the sake of it. 

One of the most special things that you can do and it doesn’t actually cost a lot of money at all, is to hand write a personalised card or scroll to those people that you love, or care about. On those scrolls you can write answers to any number of these questions:

  • What do you love about them?
  • What do they mean to you?
  • What are the things that you admire and appreciate about who they are?
  • What are some of the special memories that you keep locked away in your heart that you are grateful for?

I did this last year for Christmas for my family members and I wrote individual scrolls and they were able to take them away and read them in the privacy of their own spaces. I felt great that the words that I would have loved for them to know about how I feel is now with them. And that is something that they can keep and hopefully cherish forever.

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So these are my tips for you to maintain your sanity, to not just survive but THRIVE this festive season.

My wish for you is that the festive season and new year is filled with HOPE for a brighter day, filled with PEACE from the inside and most of all filled with LOVE so you can open your eyes and appreciate the gift you are to the world.

Remember, this is your life, this is your time and this is your choice.
Shine on!


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About Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson is a multi-award winning executive coach, international speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator and 2 time cancer survivor. Specialising in the areas of resilience, change and mindset, Josie is one of the few internationally certified master coaches in Australasia (MCC). Learn more here:

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