Coping with the stress of Christmas

Guinea-Pig-in-lightsThis is the third Christmas on the ‘let’s talk!’ blog and here at The Terrace we like to share our hints and tips for coping with the stress and strain of the season. However one celebrates at this time of year, it is impossible to avoid the crush in the shops, the inflated prices and the temptations of food and alcohol that can lead to those ‘morning after’ feelings and affect our overall well-being at this  time of year. Coughs, colds and other bugs adore the warm, wet weather we have had so far and the last thing we want is illness to drag us down when so much needs doing. We are at risk of scuttling round like this gorgeous guinea pig, ending up under the duvet and desperate to avoid all the trials and tinsel.

Jane Gotto has come up with some wonderful ideas over the years, and here we offer more of her thoughts on how to cope over the coming weeks. Today we focus on that awkward moment when you are making final arrangements for the days over the holiday:

Think about what you would like to do for Christmas

If final plans are not yet made, and you dread some of the options open to you, take time to make sure days are, as far as is possible, arranged in the way you would like them to be. If necessary, come up with alternatives and check with family and friends if you are concerned that changes may affect them.
Do NOT allow yourself to be pulled into an arrangement which you know is
not going to work for you. It IS just a few days in the year, and the temptation is to think only about making others happy (that is what we all hope to do at this time of year after all) but the anxiety and stress can be present  for weeks in the lead up and can effect health, sleep and general well-being for a long period. 

Come back early next week for some more wise words from Jane, who has years of experience in supporting individuals and couples through testing times. Christmas can be great fun, but it can also put a strain on the closest bonds….

If you fancy a pre Christmas massage, our therapist Sarah Sellick still has a few appointments available at a reduced rate. Or why not buy a loved one a relaxing massage for Christmas? Contact us about gift vouchers on 01823 338968.
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5 Recipes for well-being – Healthy eating on our Pinterest board…

Have you tried Pinterest? It is like a digital scrapbook come corkboard, particularly useful for saving your favourite images or links in any number of categories. It can be incredibly addictive, as you have access to thousands (millions!) of pictures and links saved by other users and there is the inevitable temptation to spend hours browsing and ‘repinning’ their links onto your boards for future reference.

Many businesses are now using Pinterest for marketing purposes, so here at The Terrace we thought we would give it a go. However, rather than just being another way to chat to people about our work, it has proved a fabulous way to save some favourite recipes. It is well-known that Pinterest is perfect for finding irresistable photos of fabulous food, and of course most people will never have time to produce a tenth of the recipes they save. So we thought we would pick our favourite five from our board to share on here.

salad1. Warm Winter Salads by Sophia Breene at Greatist. Delicious recipes full of rices, pulses and squash as well as fruit and a huge variety of leaves. Really highlights the value of salad in the colder months – you don’t have to hit the comfort food just because the central heating has come on….

2.The Best Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup by Ceara’s Kitchen. Having just mentioned comfort food, what could actually be better on a cold evening than a wonderful bowl of soup. This is a fabulous recipe, packed with good things and gluten free.

3. Another one from Ceara’s Kitchen – Oatmeal Banana Bread. This is a great option for people who alsways feel too rushed to eat a proper breakfast. Sweet, delicious and still good for you!

4. 30 minute Chicken Chow Mein by Healthy Nibbles & Bits. Take-aways can become redundant when you learn to cook this simple and healthy dish

5. Our very own Overnight Oats! – Prompted by Becky, who works with us here at The Terrace, we have tried this brilliant breakfast option. Give it a try and boost your energy at the start of the day.

So why not give our boards a look, and if you have your own Pinterest page, follow us for new ideas, thoughts about therapy and inspiration for health and well being – both physical and emotional. We even have cake…… (Flourless Chocolate Cake courtesy of The Vibrant Family).

Courtesy of The Vibrant Family

Courtesy of The Vibrant Family