It’s the most wonderful time of the year but when it comes to Christmas, do you tell yourself every time! there will be no Christmas stress and you will be organised?
It never quite works out does it – once again you find yourself dashing madly around Tesco’s on Christmas Eve, panicking because all the mince pies have sold out, you’ve not wrapped a single present, and all you want to do is collapse on your Sleepeezee Bed.
Of course, there are steps you can take to avoid Christmas stress reaching the top of the tree. We have put together our top tips to help you avoid stress and to make the season of goodwill more enjoyable:
Santa’s making a list, checking it twice and so should you!
Sometimes it can feel like an overwhelming task organising Christmas presents, food and parties during the festive season so writing things down first in order of priority can save you a lot of time and energy.
Not only is it satisfying ticking tasks off, but it’s a proven Christmas hack to help reduce stress too.
Prep food in advance
Don’t leave it all until the big day. Do yourself a favour and prep as many food items as you can in advance for a stress-free Christmas. Repeat after us… the freezer is your friend!
Take some time out
We all need a time out at Christmas. Leave the chaos behind and take yourself for a walk or just find a quiet corner and practice some mindfulness meditation.
Avoid too many commitments.
Most likely, your December schedule will be jam-packed with party invitations, family gatherings, shopping trips and god knows what else!
But you don’t have to do everything on your calendar. You are in control! Remember, you can’t be everywhere at the same time. You can only attend so many family dinners, drive so far, and give so much.
Remember what the Christmas season is about.
Christmas time is meant to be a season filled with joy, merriment and food.
Carve out time with family and friends to reconnect with one another. You want to actually remember Christmas this year, right? So stop, take a deep breath, have a glass of fizz and don’t let the month go by in a total blur!
By following these tips you should reach Christmas Day, having planned, prepared, bought and set up everything you need. So pour a glass of Bucks Fizz, and enjoy yourself!