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Nine reasons why thinking about Christmas in October is good for your health

I know, I know, it’s only October. So why am I talking about Christmas already? Well firstly because my book all about Christmas just came out in the US and Canada (hurrah), but mostly because of these nine reasons:

(1) It gives you time to set an intention for the season, before the craziness begins, so you don’t get sucked into everyone else’s version of what Christmas should be.

(2) It gives you time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t last year, and figure out what a meaningful Christmas really means to you. That means you also have enough time to have any tricky conversations about different arrangements which might make it better this year.

(3) It gives you time to think about who you have really appreciated this year, and get creative about how you might like to show your gratitude. And it gives you time to figure out what might be difficult for you this year, and get support.

(4) It gives you time to make a budget, so you don’t overspend, so you avoid the January credit card hangover and related stress, and so you get inspired by what you could do with all the money you plan to save as a result.

(5) It allows you to spread out the preparations throughout November and December, so you don’t get overwhelmed as the festivities draw closer.

(6) You will have more time to make or personalise things, and perhaps even enjoy some mindful wrapping, rather than rushing to wrap a huge pile of stuff at the last minute.

(7) It gives you time to get into a rhythm of self-care, whether that’s something practical like committing to a regular yoga class, or a get-running-programme, or looking up nourishing recipes to see you through the winter, or something less tangible but just as important, like carving out some time each week for something that you love, or journaling daily as the nights draw in.

(8) It gives you time to relax and soak up the kind of soothing words that will carry you through the winter, reminding you what can be most precious at this time of year.

 (9) It allows you to reflect on 2020 and look ahead to 2021 before the Christmas rush begins, so you can do it with a clear head and a hopeful heart.

Need some inspiration? I wrote my book Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year just for you, and now is the perfect time to read it (with a very special free gift), or from any good bookstore.

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