I know for many Christmas can seem overwhelming; the pressure of ‘the season to be jolly’, can be all too much.

Although Christmas is known to be particularly stressful, suicide rates are in fact down during this time. This is what the Centre for suicide Prevention has to say …

‘Suicide rates may be down during this period, but crisis workers all agree that Christmas can be a very stressful time.  Loneliness, depression, feelings of loss, financial burdens, family conflicts, and alcohol abuse can intensify during the holidays.’

Children of course are enormously influenced by what’s happening around them. In a survey carried out by the BBC children’s TV programme Newsround found that….

  • Although 89% were excited, and 79% were happy about the holiday period, one in six said they felt sad, nervous or left out at Christmas.
  • Perhaps not so surprisingly, one in four (24%) believed the season was about giving, rather than receiving, presents.

Newsround presenter Ellie Crisell said; ‘Christmas is exciting for children but it can also be stressful. They worry about their families getting along, about buying the right present and, amid the festivities, feeling alone.’ Reported in the Daily Mail 19 December 2006

If you’ve been feeling like you have  to ‘just get through it’ and can’t wait for the year to be over, consider you may be missing something.  Every moment can be a new beginning, literally; you don’t have to wait till the New Year to start to make new choices.

Think about what you want to get out of 2011.  If you want, love, good health, inspiration then look at how you are going to make that happen.  Stop waiting for someone else to do it for you.

If you bear a grudge against someone, why not open up to forgiving and moving on.  Forgiving someone is a gift to ourselves.  Whatever someone has done, or not done, consider that you can put the past in the past. You see the thing is that if you don’t, you will simply bring the past  with you, into your future: just like in the story about  Scrooge, it comes back to haunt you!

What can you do today that will have today count? Right now stop wishing your life away waiting for the future, or for someone else to make your dreams come true, and start being proactive.  You can choose to have 2011 be the best year of your life, so far!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcLMH8pwusw

Speak soon …..