Are you Christmasophobic ?  I raised this question last month and promised to look at it further in December.

Well, we have made it this far in one piece so what comes next?


Have you got the cards written and posted in good time?  Last date for posting is generally 20th December so now we have started on deadlines!  Add to that the crazy dash to get, and wrap, the presents you have forgotten,and the pressure is starting to build.

Food is the next issue.  What to buy, when to buy it, who likes/ dislikes/ is allergic to, specific food.  Have you put the sprouts on yet?  Don’t panic, the main shops are generally only closed for one day, and small local shops may even be open on Christmas day, so siege mentality really isn’t necessary.



Ok, I accept that I have made up this word but the fact remains that for many people Christmas is a stressful time, and for others it can be sad and/or lonely.  We are not all lucky enough to have plenty of family and friends around us and, even if we do, maybe somebody significant is missing.  It is important to approach the Christmas with a positive mindset and make the most of the festive season.  Try to stay calm, control your breathing if you become stressed, and be sure to rest as much as possible.





This Christmas holiday give yourself a chance to thrive, remember that it is supposed to be fun!

The Thrive Programme can teach you how to overcome the obstacles you create that stop you really enjoying your life.  There really is no need to suffer depression, anxiety, or phobias when you can learn to beat them all.

As part of Christmas I will be posting a blog each day, for twelve days, starting on Christmas day.  These “Thrive Days of Christmas” will explain some of the key areas in which Thrive With Ian can help you make 2017 your best year yet.

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I’m Ian and I’m a qualified Thrive Programme Consultant. Using the professionally developed Thrive Programme – a proven, evidence based, positive psychology training programme – I work with people from all walks of life, providing the insights and skills they need to change their lives for the better.

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