If you’re filled with feelings of festive apprehension rather than feelings of joy in the run-up to Christmas, then you’re not alone. A recent survey indicates that 45% feel overwhelmed in December and dread all that Christmas brings with it.
‘Tis the season to be jolly?
Whether we’re elbowing our way through the Christmas shoppers or trying to say ‘yes’ to every Christmas gathering in December, it’s easy to see why we get our tinsel in a tangle.
I have spoken to the wellness experts over at Vitabiotics who have formulated the following festive tips and tricks to turn those ‘Bah, Humbug!’ feelings into ‘Merry Christmas!’ cheer!
1. Make a list – but don’t check it twice!
Whilst being organised in the run-up to Christmas is a great idea, it can be this planning and preparation which adds to the pressure in the run up to Christmas Day. Especially if all of the items on your to-do list aren’t checked off.
Top Tip: Making a really loose list can be helpful to keep you on budget and on schedule with certain things, but being relaxed about deviating from the list could be a great way to help reduce pre-Christmas tension.
2. Not everything has to be homemade
If you’re in charge of preparing the Christmas meal this year, but cooking is not your forte, then buying ready-prepared food can be a huge timesaver and stress reducer.
Top Tip: Try and predict what food preparation will take you the longest on Christmas morning and see if there’s a ready-prepared option to speed things up.
3. Master the art of delegation
Remember that you don’t have to take on every task in preparation for Christmas. From wrapping presents to decorating the tree, there are tasks that other family members can take on.
Top Tip: Get the kids involved! Christmas is so exciting for kids and they will feel super important if you give them a task to help you out. Even if the presents look a bit dishevelled when they have finished, or the cards have a couple of spelling mistakes, they will love to get involved in the festive fun!
4. Focus your energy on what’s important – you
One way to keep yourself feeling as relaxed as possible during the festive celebrations is to map out some ‘me time’. Whether that’s on Christmas day when everyone has gone home, or in the gap between Christmas and New Year, it’s so important to carve out some time to spend on yourself.
Top Tip: Run a relaxing bath, shut the bathroom door and switch your phone off to truly relax and enjoy some time to yourself.
5. Recover from holiday indulgence
Let’s face it, over Christmas there is a tendency to over indulge. From enjoying one-too-many festive tipples, to eating more than your fair share of the selection box, it’s worth squeezing in some healthy food or at least take it easy when you’re not celebrating.
Top Tip: Focus on drinking enough water and snacking on fruit and unsalted nuts where you can, as this can be a great way to maintain your energy and stop you from feeling sluggish.
Do you have any tips and tricks of your own for keeping that festive feeling alive all the way into the New Year?
Let us know in the comments just what you and your family do to make the festive period as stress-free as possible.
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