‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la!! I cannot BELIEVE that Christmas has arrived so quickly this year, it’s making me question the real truth about time! I’m sure we’ve all heard all the theory that time is just an illusion; I’ve always believed this to some extent, but this year has confirmed it for me!! Some cheeky bugger fast-forwarded the world clock!!So here we are, we’ve been catapulted into the festive season. And I love it!! Me and my friend were having a conversation the other day about a certain mentally that we get at time of year. We nicknamed it the “F&@% it, it’s Christmas” mentality. I’m sure you’re all experiencing elements of it at this very moment. Let me break it down for you into three categories…. Gluttony
With this mentality, we are outrageous with our choices of food. We know full-well that we shouldn’t eat that ENTIRE family size bag of crisps or that giant box of malteasers!! So in order to make ourselves feel better about over-indulging, we reason with ourselves…. “I’ve been good for the past few weeks, I’ve home cooked everything and haven’t snacked at work. It’s December, I deserve this!” **chomp chomp chomp**
Lack of productivity
We also find it the perfect time to do as little as possible. We may have worked really hard all year to get organised and create a structure. Or we may have been learning something new everyday for the full year, yet slam the brakes on as soon as we hear those Christmas songs! Again, we’ll say that we deserve this, and we need a rest. (Which is true most of the time!)
This one I KNOW we’re all guilty of 🙈 We get totally reckless with our spending!! We spend money in a way we wouldn’t dream of doing in the other 11 months of the year! I don’t just mean on presents, I mean on social events, gifts for ourselves which we nickname “treating ourselves”, we eat out, we travel up and down the country. Our bank accounts raise their eyebrows when December hits!!
Understand that if we do these three things excessively over December, it will take at least the first few months of the following year to get back to where you were. I don’t know why, it just does! Now, don’t get it twisted, these are all perfectly reasonable things to do! We’re not wrong, shouldn’t feel guilty, we’re only human and have the right to spend some time in this mentality. The main problem is, we know every year that December is coming, it’s not a surprise!! So one way we can get around this is to prepare! Plan your finances, treat yourself little and often so that this ginormous splurge doesn’t throw everything off. When eating healthily throughout the year, you don’t want to be so disciplined that an all-out binge is bound to happen! Everything in moderation! (Literally everything, if you want it, eat some! ☺️- Just as long as you’re in control)
I hope that if you’re reading this and stuck in this mentality, don’t worry about it! You’ll get you’re momentum back, just start right now!! The actions you take today, will have an affect next week, next month, next year. So no matter how small, it matters! Just start!The bigger issue is, what do we do about the “F%@£ it, it’s Friday” mentality!? That’s a little harder to fix 🤔
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