‘Relax’ – It’s my Xmas Present to you!

Read on : there’s a free gift for you inside!

[…and feel free to re-blog or share this post so that others can benefit too…]

Xmas is getting very close indeed and whilst many are looking forward to the celebrations, the preparations can feel frenetic and overwhelming. This was the topic of my latest article in Only Peterborough magazine in my mental health well-being column.

Rather than just giving advice, I included a Christmas Gift – a specially written and recorded Deep Relaxation mp3. It’s only 10 minutes long but can make all the difference and joins up well with the Mindfulness Meditation mp3 from earlier in the year. The link for the free Deep Relaxation mp3 is at the end of this post. Much as I’d rather you read the whole thing (of course), if you just want to skip to the end and grab your free copy, please hep yourself. You might find you come back to read it all anyway!

Here’s the article, I hope you like it.

Relax. It’s Only Christmas!

It’s Christmas-time again with fun and festivities taking centre stage. Relaxing with family and friends, for many this really is a magical time.

Despite this, relentless pressure and expectation comes hand-in-hand with the Festive Season. So if the thought of Christmas brings anxiety and stress, here are 5 practical steps you can take:

1. Split your Christmas tasks into three:

  • Must-do – give these priority
  • Nice-to-do –do these once you’ve organised your must-do tasks
  • Unimportant –If these don’t get done everything will be just fine!

2. You’ll probably be spending time with family and friends that you don’t normally see. Their ways may not be your ways and this can be difficult. Remember they’re probably feeling just the same so give them some leeway. Pat yourself on the back for being so understanding.

3. No matter how carefully you plan, thing do go wrong. Each evening counteract the day’s challenges by thinking about three things that were special for you; a smile, a song on the radio, frost on a leaf. They can be anything. Your brain loves positive things, big or small. If your brain’s happy, you sleep better.

4. Be good to yourself, especially if you’re playing an important role in Christmas. Whether it’s a walk, a good book or a trip to the pub, always keep yourself on your ‘Must-do’ list.

5. Find a good relaxation mp3/CD. There are many of them around and they’re really beneficial. Listen to it every day so you practice being relaxed. As a Christmas gift, there’s a free Relaxation mp3 on my website at tony.burkinshaw.co.uk/shop.

Follow these tips and you can look forward to a very Merry Christmas. And remember, some of the best Christmas memories are when things didn’t quite go according to plan…


As promised, this is the link to your free ‘Deep Relaxation’ mp3: Click Here

Other Only Peterborough articles: click here or here

The Only Peterborough website: click here

Relaxing, Hypnosis mp3

Relaxation is the key
© Tony Burkinshaw 2013

Comments 0

  1. You’re welcome! I’m glad it helps.
    All the best
    PS If you find that you want to deal with the daytime wild-mind, we could always work on it together via Skype.

  2. I know this is a few weeks overdue, but thanks for the MP3! It is helping my wild mind to calm down at night. I have yet to get control of it during the daytime but all the more inspiration for writing (I find my slight neuroses help my writing!)

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  4. Let me know your thoughts about the mp3 once you’ve listened a few times. Feedback is always useful.
    Many thanks for the link in your next post.
    Wishing you the best

  5. I’m glad you found the article useful, even if not quite in time! You’rd welcome re the ‘like’, encouragement is really important.
    The relaxation mp3 is still available at no cost, in case you’d like to have it anyway.
    Wishing you the best

  6. Wonderful tips for the high stress season. I wish I had seen it earlier. Thank you for the like, by the way. I am new to this, still, so it really means a lot.

  7. You are welcome!
    …it’s never too late to look back and find those things that remind you that Christmas was actually much more relaxing than you might have thought at the time… 😉
    The Deep Relaxation mp3 is still there if you fancy a super chilled 2014.
    All the best

  8. You could be onto something there Tony. I always feel so much better after I have done the mp3 so I just need to dedicate more time to it – one of my New Year’s resolutions! And now I have my own personal consultant.. ha ha LOL! 🙂

    Wishing you and your family a great New Year and that 2014 brings you all that you desire. 🙂

  9. Hi Jade,
    Have a great Smarts. It’s surprising isn’t it, that the more relaxed you are, the more time you can find to be relaxed. But when you would really benefit from relaxation, it is really hard to find the time.
    As on great sage said…
    “You should meditate for an hour each day. Unless of course, you are very busy: in which case, you should meditate for two hours…”
    Wise words.
    You might find, looking back, that you found yourself surprisingly relaxed and that the time to listen to the mp3 almost found itself for you.
    Wishing you a fabulous Festive Season,
    Love & light

  10. Not a problem Tony – life will be more chilled, when I have the time to listen! LOL. Seriously though, I do feel the benefit when I use it and I would have no hesitation to recommend any of your products to anyone. Hope that you and your family have a great Christmas. 🙂

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