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75. A Christmas pep-talk



In this week’s festive episode, host Alice Lyons aims to give a pep-talk ahead of Christmas, discussing how the year has been and how we should all be congratulated on it!

(Grace would like to clarify she did not request a Christmas episode be pre-recorded in November, she requested it be recorded in real time – a classic example of miscommunication and very representative of the year that is 2020!)

Also discussed:

(1:09) Intro

(2:00) A big well done on this year, the ways people have changed and moved around this year in terms of priorities and relationships

(04:59) What we need to hear, however our year may have gone, how you can lose sight of where you are sometimes in busier times

(08:43) Bringing your full self to interactions even when it’s online, mindfulness and quiet, the expectations that come with Christmas to be everywhere with everyone

(13:35) Thinking about things like the type of music you listen to and the way it affects your mood, the urgency associated with interaction this year

(18:37) How going from very minimal social contact to lots of it can be detrimental, how your physicality and mental state are linked

(20:34) Boundaries and how they can help you in the Christmas period, using time with yourself as a calendar activity to plan boundaries, the necessity of rest

(24:06) Closing comments, self-care and how difficult it can be



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Podcast presented by Alice Lyons.


Music Credit: ‘Infinite Landscape’ by Corinne.






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