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A 2020 Christmas: A Challenge or a Change?

It’s the most wonderful time of the… or is it?

2020 has been a journey of change, adaption, adoption and, quite frankly, for many, stressful. This year, although there will still be changes to accommodate and the scenes will be different to those we are familiar with, we still have the opportunity to reflect, and most importantly plan what and how we’d like to end the year within the parameters we are bound by.

A Christmas break is well received in any normal year but 2020, and all the challenges it has presented, makes that re-boot time even more crucial. So, what’s your plan? What areas of your health, work and wellbeing do you most need to focus on? Spending a few minutes thinking about the things which are most going to give you fulfilment, connection, health and wellbeing will allow you to prioritise your time, making sure you get the right amount of what you need, in the right proportions.

It may be that some of what you want and need may not be directly available, so thinking more specifically about what we enjoy or how we benefit from these things can help us to find alternatives, which might not be exactly what would like, but are an acceptable substitute.

For example, there may be family members we are not able to see in person this year. Instead, we can plan how and when we connect with them, thinking outside the box to find ways to navigate the barriers we find in our way, such as video calls, a note in the post or even a winter walk, weather and government guidelines permitting! Adopting a positive, solutions-based attitude will help not only our own wellbeing but also those around us.

To help you think about where you need to focus, try drawing a wheel of Christmas:

1.      Draw a circle

2.      Divide the circle into approximately eight ‘wedges’ or segments, with each segment representing a part of your Christmas. Write the name of the segment within it (see diagram 1 below)

3.      If the centre is 0 and the radius is 10 draw a point as to how that part of your Christmas is looking at the moment, so if it’s not so good it would be closer to the 0, if it’s great it might be nearer the radius and a 10.

4.      Join the dots. What do you notice? Which areas do you need to focus your attention? (see diagram 2 below)

For those areas you want to focus on, think about why they were scored lower and what actions you could take to bring them up a point or two. Write a list of the things you COULD do which would help to get that aspect of Christmas nearer to where you’d like it.

Once you have generated a few ideas for each segment you’d like to increase your score on, pick one or two that stand out as quick and easy, or impactful. Make a note of when you will take those actions, who could help you with them, and any resources you need.

Good luck! Wishing you a happy, healthy festive break.

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