Preparing for the most wonderful time of the year can be nerve-wrecking. Thankfully, we have a whole host of tips and tricks that can help you handle stress during Christmas.
How to Handle Stress Before the Festive Season
Are you picking out all of the gifts, volunteering to decorate the house while also cooking all the family meals? Don’t over-promise and stress yourself out by doing everything alone. Be realistic and opt for the tasks you know you’ll excel at. Know your limits, learn to say no and be open to compromising.
Is It Really a Tradition?
Traditions make families stronger and bring people together. But sometimes they start feeling forced. Does everyone in your family really want to see the same Christmas play every year? Sit down together and share ideas – it may be that you start finding new fun activities that you all can do together – from winter walks to fun at the ice ring.
Do Something That Makes You Happy
It’s ok to take time out for yourself in the build-up to the festive season. It can be a trip to the spa, or just an evening of reading that book or article you wanted to finish. Don’t feel guilty or anxious about taking time to yourself – you will find that you are more productive after an evening or day of relaxation.
Divide and Conquer
During the Christmas period all of the shops tend to be packed and online retailers low on stock. To avoid disappointment and the gift of your dreams being sold out, make a game plan. Decide on the gifts that you’d like to purchase online, and what presents you’d like to pick out from the shopping centre. It’s important to enjoy the process of getting gifts (or making them!), so try not to leave it to the last minute as this may make you feel stressed and resentful.
How to Handle Stress On Christmas Day
Schedule Your Day
Sit down with your family and make a plan of how you’d like the day to run. Divide the work load to ensure the day goes smoothly. Consider every activity – from the best time to wake up, to when you’d like everyone to sit down for the festive dinner.
You Are Not Alone
Don’t be tempted to do everything by yourself. If you need help, don’t shy away from asking your loved ones for a hand. If you feel stressed, don’t hold it in as it may make you feel alone and isolated. Take a break, see what triggers your stress and talk to your loved ones.
Focus on What Is Really Important
Feelings of joy, happiness and being surrounded by people you love is what Christmas is all about. Does it really matter that your home isn’t as decorated as a scene from a festive movie? Don’t let the little things stress you out. Focus on what makes you happy about the holidays and do your best to achieve them.
Don't forget, it's all about having fun – whatever your Christmas plan, make sure it makes you and your loved ones smile.