Did you know that 50% of people who set resolutions fall back into their old habits by the end of January? Instead of setting resolutions, last year I have decided on a ONE-WORD plan to provide more direction and clarity in what I do. It’s based on a book by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page (you can learn more about it here: http://amzn.to/2jvs6EI)
To help ease some of the stress that comes with Christmas, here are some tips;
- Spend time with people, especially those who you can open up to and can lift your spirits - chats over the kitchen table with people that lift you up are priceless.
- Learn to say no to social commitments. Fear Of Missing Out is not worth it! Christmas should be a period of rest also, not just a marathon of nights out and boozy dinners.
I wrote this article in 2013 a few days after running my first Darkness into Light for Pieta House. At the time I had no understanding of the trauma that affects the families who have experienced suicide, I was however still incredibly moved by the event having had many years of my own darkness. Since writing this article 4 years ago I now unfortunately have an understanding of the trauma and devastation that families and friends have to come to terms with when a loved one takes their own life.