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Coping & Reflecting through Christmas

At this time of year it’s often a time of reflection- thinking of the past year, what it has brought to you & those closest to you. It also makes us think of those who sadly are no longer with us.

I really miss my grandparents & being able to call & chat to them. I would love to have just a few hours to share my life with them both again.
For my grandad it would have to be in a country pub with a pint of real ale (or 5!).
For my Nan a cup of tea on a comfy sofa & a roaring log fire (she was famous for those!)
I do feel they are watching over anyway, but that would be just lovely!

 

Whilst my mum is still with us, unfortunately she has very little comprehension & it’s not enough to have a conversation – which she absolutely loved to do!
My dad is an absolute trouper & my thoughts are always with him & how bravely he copes.

So, whilst Christmas can be a magical time for a lot of people, for others it can be a tough time.

We are all going through our own personal battles & I would encourage all of you to keep that in mind when dealing with Christmas & your own family.

For our own strength of wellness within, it has been shown that it actually helps to consider others needs (empathy) & to put yourself in their situation. This can in turn make us feel better.

It’s human nature to compare, but actually it’s a very destructive way of looking at life. You know, the ‘ they’ve got more than me’, & why is it their life appears so perfect, etc that kind of thinking.
Of course in reality it’s very rarely¬†as it seems on face value.

I’ve learnt over the years to try not to compare & to focus on factors closer to home. And you know what? I feel loads better for doing so! I focus on self improvement & being better than I was the last year.

I actually love to see people succeeding – life is too short & difficult to think any different. We are all in this together – I want to go out kicking & screaming to my grave thinking – whoo! what a blast!

Whilst there are elements in my own personal life that could be viewed as difficult, I choose to be thankful for my life so far & be truly grateful for every life experience that I have had. I still have many wonderful experiences to come!

Here’s to a happy, healthy & prosperous new year to everyone out there!

Best wishes
Stuart

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