We can all agree that Christmas is a wonderful, magical time of year. And it means different things to different people, we all have our own interpretations of it and our own little festive traditions that we’ve picked up from our parents and now participate with our own children. But despite all the twinkly lights and the tinsel, the classic feel good films and playlists filled with endless Christmas cheer, Christmas can quickly become overwhelming and terribly stressful.
Christmas can be filled with pressure with everything from the homemade Christmas pudding to the outdoor decorations you have on your range of fast growing trees outside under scrutiny. Endless lists of people to buy gifts for, do you have enough wrapping paper, do you have enough food? How many are coming to dinner? Are you going to have chance to make Christmas decorations with the kids? What about a pantomime? Or the nativity? How are you going to keep the kids believing in Father Christmas for another year? It’s no wonder so many of us start to dread the sound of jingle bells…so, with that in mind, here you’ll find 4 tips to help you have a stress free Christmas.
Don’t forget about you
This year could have been a tough one for you. The loss of a loved one, perhaps you’ve had a tough year financially, physically or emotionally. However you’re feeling it doesn’t mean you have push your own feelings down because it’s the most wonderful time of the year. You’re still allowed to give yourself time and consideration. Whether that’s a massage, a long walk or just spending time alone. Don’t neglect yourself.
Learn to say no
We all know that Christmas is a busy, hectic time of year. So you need to be able to set your own boundaries. Learning to say “No” will help you here. You might be feeling pressured into baking cakes for the school disco, heading to Christmas party after Christmas party or being guilted into overindulging in an expensive activity with work colleagues. Of course it’s a time of giving and generosity – but not at the expense of your own mental, physical health or financial health.
Christmas is when the entire family descends, so before they all arrive on the doorstep, get comfy on the sofa and start indulging in the Christmas chocs, give them a job to do. It could be peeling potatoes, helping you wrap the rest of the Christmas gifts, bringing down the extra chairs from the loft or even tackling that huge pile of ironing you’ve got building. Make sure they know their role before they arrive. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Avoid the hype
If you try to recreate the Christmases you see on TV, reality shows or on Pinterest then you’re simply setting yourself up to fail. We didn’t have Instagram when we were kids and we still thought that Christmas was magical and the best time of the year. Yours will feel the same – so avoid the hype. Do your own thing and enjoy it.