At Christmas time, we can worry so much about making everything perfect that we end up feeling too exhausted to truly enjoy ourselves and relax over the holiday. Many of us tend to take on more than we can manage in preparation for the festivities, making the activities somewhat of a chore and unenjoyable.
Christmas is supposed to be the most magical time of the year, but with all the organising and potential costs, it can quickly become one of the most stressful. It’s also not uncommon for stress to result in sleepless nights in bed.
So how can you guard against losing Z’s at a time of the year that depends on low stress-levels and a good night’s sleep?
Luckily, we’re on hand with a few simple tips to keep calm this Christmas and enjoy a stress-free festive season.
Keep it simple
The main reason Christmas can be so stressful is that many of us take on too much over the festive period. A great way to minimise to-do lists is to work out if there is anything that isn’t absolutely essential in the lead-up to the big day – taking extra items off the itinerary that aren’t a must will free up your time to focus on the most important things.
Keep to a plan
Christmas can come with many financial worries, which makes keeping to a plan especially important this time of year. Starting off the season with a to-do list can help you to keep on track of spending – include everything from the presents to food and drink.
A great way to spread the cost is to start shopping as early as possible. Stocking up on small amounts each week in the lead-up to Xmas will mean you won’t have to spend lots all in one go and will spare you the horror of buying everything on Christmas Eve.
Don’t forget to ask for help
‘Tis the season of goodwill, so don’t be afraid to ask friends and relatives to help out where they can if things get too much. If you have guests arriving for Christmas dinner, asking each party member in advance to bring some drinks or a dessert can be a great way to reduce your shopping list.
Spending some time before the festivities to declutter the main areas of your home, ensuring your surroundings are clutter-free and organised, will not only mean you have an inviting space in which to entertain your guests, but it will also mean preparing food and activities will be much less stressful later on.
Don’t forget to relax!
Above all, this season is the time to recharge your batteries and to make sure you take time out to put your feet up and relax – just because you have guests, it doesn’t mean you can’t pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. Your wellbeing doesn’t have to be put on hold because you’re busy, so make sure you take the time this Christmas for regular self-care practices.
Do you have any Christmas rituals for remaining stress-free?