Christmas Stress Management – 5 Tips to Keep You From Getting in a Festive Panic

Listening to the conversation that two of my girlfriends were having over coffee last week, it dawned on me they very much sounded like over-worked A Level students about to sit their exams… “I’ll be glad when it’s all over… I simply don’t have a minute for myself… I don’t see how I can possibly get everything done”.

I’m sure you’ve guessed from the title of this post – they weren’t taking exams they were just talking about Christmas and instead of looking forward to a bit of family fun, they felt stressed, tired and under pressure.

As I sat wondering how we somehow managed to take the fun out of Christmas, I came up with “5 Christmas Stress Management” tips, so this year you can have your cake and eat it – organise the Christmas festivities and enjoy the party too!

Buying and wrapping presents, shopping for food, cooking, dealing with family politics. What can you do to ensure that you’re rested and stress free when Christmas arrives?

1- Get back to basics

Have reasonable expectations – expectations of a fairytale perfect Christmas are unrealistic and difficult to plan. Christmas Day is a time to enjoy being with family and friends. It doesn’t matter if lunch is late, presents aren’t wrapped perfectly or grandma has a few too many Sherries! Keep it simple and remember that Christmas is about everyone – including you, having a good time!

2- Ask for help

If even Santa has little helpers, you sure need a helping hand at Christmas too. So if you’re hosting a Christmas party for a lot of people, ask others to help with food preparations, or to help with decorations. Perhaps a sister or friend could bring the Christmas cake, and another relative could help decorate the tree. Give everyone a task – a team effort is often far more fun!

3- Not everything has to be made from scratch

Ready-made Christmas cakes are often delicious, and will lighten your workload. Likewise, artificial trees are mess free (less cleaning), and shop-bought mince pies can work out cheaper than baking your own.

3- Plan a late Christmas dinner

Don’t start cooking at the crack of dawn – enjoy your Christmas morning! If you have a good breakfast, there’s no need to sit down for your main Christmas meal until mid-afternoon or early evening.

5 – Boxing Day is to put your feet up!

If you’ve been in charge on Christmas Day, don’t do it all again the next day. Put that left over Turkey to good use and make sandwiches!

I hope it works for you and whish you a stress free Christmas!

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