Day 2 – What’s Even Better Than Getting It Perfect This Christmas?
Welcome to your De-Stress Your Christmas Advent Calendar count-down – day 2! Today we’re dealing with your inner perfectionist…
Is Christmas bringing out your Inner Perfectionist? Is your Inner Critic having the biggest party of all?
The Holiday Season does something to us that no other time of year can. Think about your summer holiday – did you get as stressed about choosing the right flip flops and beach towel as you do about Christmas gifts and celebrations?
What is it about this time of year that means your Inner Perfectionist steals the limelight?
After all, Christmas is about love, and the message that the celebration of the birth of Jesus brings to the world. Whether or not you’re Christian, it’s about family and friends and caring and joy and laughter – not stressing about whether your present bows match the paper perfectly or exactly how you should cook the sprouts on the big day.
Here’s a message inspired by something my old mentor used to remind me, when I was getting stressed about launching a course and had lost my perspective:
Perfectionism is a trait that runs through many of us and rarely more so than at Christmas.
It shows itself in so many different ways, but it always has a common theme – it causes stress.
Whilst we might long to get Christmas absolutely perfect, if a few things drop off the table (metaphorically!), chances are no one will notice.
Are there any areas of your Christmas planning where you might be going a bit too far?
How about going back to basics and doing some prioritising?
What could you let go of? How much less stressed would you feel?
Surely it’s worth it?
Need some help?
Bonus: Is It Time To Revisit Your ABC?
Here’s a quick process you can use to regain perspective – click on the image to dive in now!
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I’d love to hear how you get on with this, via the comments.
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I would LOVE to hear how you got on with today’s message, via the comments.
Do you have an Inner Perfectionist running at Christmas? How do you handle it?
How did the ‘cheat sheet’ help?
See you tomorrow with Day 3, when I’ll be spilling the beans on why a Fairy Tale Christmas might be the last thing you need…
With love, Namaste,