Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS

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WITH just a month until Christmas, please take a moment to think how you would like your Christmas to be this year and what you can do to create your ideal scenario.

Year in, year out, I hear people complaining bitterly about their Christmas, the stress of shopping, split loyalties as to which side of the family to be with, the intensity of spending time with people whose company is less than desirable, gaining weight because of overeating, stressing over doing all the shopping, cooking and clearing up, gifts that are given with very little thought, a lack of appreciation for all the effort people put into the day, traffic, shopping queues, adverts that encourage us to spend, spend, spend, travel time, wanting to be somewhere else instead of the UK, feeling guilty or resentful depending on what choices you made for the festive season, money related worries and the list goes on and on. If you can think of anything else to add to the above, be my guest.

I know something that you might not have yet realised. With more thought and actions on your part, you can do something to address any one of the above issues if you stop to think about what you really want and what you can do about it.

Let's take money as a great example. Last week I heard a lady on the radio complaining about her mounting debts. In the next breath she said she had spent more than pounds 1,000 on her seven-year-old son's Christmas presents last year. What enticed her to spend so much when she is suffering badly as a consequence? If you want to avoid mounting debts next year, take time to plan your finances, looking at ways to save money or earn more by thinking outside the box. You might want to think about seeing a financial advisor to help you plan your money better and, if so, I am happy to recommend some great people in this region who can help you.

You now have days to plan to do what you want to do for Christmas. If you feel that it might be too late to make different choices for this year, then you can certainly decide what you want for Christmas 2009, and start planning for it now. …

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