The past year is probably one the vast majority of us would happily forget. This time last year, most of us had never heard the word coronavirus and were unfamiliar with concepts such as lockdown, social distancing and ‘doing the three’ (washing your hands, keeping your distance and having the CovidSafe app). It has been such a bizarre and frightening time for most of us, and although Australia has handled the pandemic better than most, it has still profoundly affected the way most of us have lived.
Regardless, it’s now that time of year when many people experience the very common feeling of burnout. The year we’ve all had can only make this burnout even more prominent in our minds and bodies, with most of our thoughts turning to the Christmas break. Although Christmas should always be a time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation, it often becomes a time for excessive partying, overeating and overindulging in other bad habits. Not to mention those awkward family interactions.
Interestingly, my daughter, Dr Ali Walker, who has a PhD in human consciousness, told me that there’s now a term for this overdose of relatives at Christmas. The term is hyper-co-presence. I would prefer to call this an unavoidable overdose!
Rather than heading towards the inevitable Christmas weight gain, the very common New Year’s Day hangover, the perennially failed New Year’s resolutions, along with the unresolved family conflicts, why not commit to making this Christmas break the beginning of a fresh start. Put the global traumas of 2020 behind you and follow what I call my ‘Five-Point Power Plan’: decision, correct your limiting patterns, create a new pattern, train the habit, and live the program.
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