How To Celebrate Christmas On Your Terms ?

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Dec 12, 2018
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The festive season is in full swing and contrary to what you may think, I am not in a rush to start 2019. Because I learnt this year to being present i.e. raise my consciousness with awareness, meditation and mindfulness.

So with all this craziness around Christmas holiday, how are you going to remain zen without being rushed to celebrate Christmas ?

1.Choose the Christmas you want.

My friends, the first rule to set is choose what type of Christmas you want. Do you want a messy, joyful party with laughter, fun and great food or a huge and conventional party creating so much pressure, obligations ad responsibilities that you will finish exhausted, stressed and flat tired ?

2. A flexible approach for organising.

Despite what people may think, it's always possible to use Internet to order online all your Christmas food shopping. This is one of the solutions but not the only one. What I prefer to do, especially during the weekend before Christmas is to do my food shopping and buy the last presents on the morning once the shops are opened. I swear by God that the experience to buy beautiful presents and delicious food is much more enticing and pleasurable than being rushed, pushed, stressed during the peak hours of Christmas shopping. The same rule applies to Oxford Circus, Bond Street or Marylebone, the earlier you are to do your shopping, the quicker you will complete it with everything you need.

3. A Christmas with intention.

Yes, to avoid the circle of doing, doing without thinking, set up an intention for your Christmas this year. Elevate yourself by connecting yourself with the real Christmas spirit and decide now to celebrate Christmas on your own terms. Most importantly, ask yourself : What is Christmas for you ? What is dear to you during this time ? Connect with your family, giving back, reflect and rest ? Take the time to visualise your perfect Christmas.

4. Celebrate Christmas before Christmas.

Yes, some of you love to wait Christmas to receive your presents and others can't wait to receive some of them before ...Christmas which mean that having small presents before Christmas is a nice preparation and anticipation to celebrate Christmas in beauty. Simple gestures like a box of chocolate, a mulled wine, a new beautiful scarf, a long phone call with a dear friend : these are the perfect signs of joy, small moments creating a momentum to celebrate surely but gently Christmas before Christmas ! Pamper yourself with these treats to be in a place of Joy to celebrate Christmas

I'd love your take on this. Which guidance resonated with you?

With love, joy, and trust

Gaelle

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Gaelle Berruel

Mindset Mentor, Motivational Speaker, Fear Expert and Head of GLCM Wellbeing Europe Communications at HSBC, A Rockstar Mindset

Let’s start with three qualities which define me, shall we? I am an optimist, I’m innovative and I’m energetic. If you’re looking for something unconventional blended with optimism and energy, welcome to the Rockstar Mindset QG. I am a Mindset Mentor, Fear Expert and Motivational Speaker. I’m also a UK Ambassador for Psychologies magazine, a publication which inspires and motivates readers to create a life they love through the online Life Labs platform. After 10 years working in the banking industry, I created my wellness consultancy, A Rockstar Mindset, to help ambitious women entrepreneurs become the rockstar of their life. How? By getting out of overwhelm, overcoming their fears and progressing to the next level in their business. When I became a mum, I strove to be the best mum possible. I did not foresee that my attitude, my pursuit of perfection, would leave me feeling constantly overwhelmed and on the edge of burnout. But it has long been my belief that positivity is a driver for change and leadership, and when I learned about positive psychology and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change and adapt), I was hooked. “Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living.” –- C. Peterson My approach is that there is more than we can see, that it’s fundamental to maintain a critical stance and to be independent of thought. I’ve always been the rebel, the outsider, the one to challenge the status quo and bring new and different perspectives or ideas. My encounter with positive psychology and the neurosciences confirmed for me that my beliefs (that we should think outside the box, focus on the positive) were accurate. I was on the right track! Convinced that there was another way to be successful at work and at home, I delved into the world of neurosciences, positive psychology and metaphysics and created my own system, Do Less, Get More Done – a framework that helps women to be successful with less overwhelm, whilst feeling more present. Positive psychology focuses on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life rather than repairing the bad and reflecting on values and attitudes such as optimism, gratitude, compassion, self-esteem and resilience. The study of these topics came about from a desire to help people flourish and live their best lives. “It is not primarily our physical selves that limit us but rather our mindset about our physical limits.” ― E. Langer It is my conviction that every woman deserves to have a healthy mindset so that she can create a life on her terms. Why? Because we deserve to say stop to the pressure emanating from culture, social media, society. We deserve to be accepted and empowered. Our mind is our ally and must be strengthened as such. Shifting our mindset is vital as well as unlearning, removing the old beliefs holding us back, raising our consciousness and developing our intuition. The world needs us (as women) to positively make a difference to make the life of women, children, and future generations better. It’s time to build a healthy, conscious society based on mutual respect. And I genuinely believe that women have the skills to merge masculine and feminine energy to create something incredible. As for the rest: I love to travel, read books and dance with abandon. I’m married to a marvellous Frenchman and we have a daughter. I am fluent in English and French and I’m an advocate of beauty and women’s empowerment. My philosophy is Forward Thinking Communication and I’m here to help you become the Rockstar of Your Life.

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