With just over a month until Christmas, the holiday stress has undoubtedly begun to kick in. Work is crazy as you frantically try and wrap up any loose ends before the office shuts up shop for the festive season.
There are countless end-of-year concerts, assemblies and award ceremonies you are expected to attend. Present’s still need to be bought (even though you promised yourself you would get that done early this year). And somehow, amongst all the end of year madness, you are expected to plan and produce a Christmas Day feast for the entire extended family.
As much as the festive season can be a wonderful time of joy and laughter, there is no denying Christmas does come with it’s fair share of headaches. To prevent your stress levels creeping up over the holiday period, we thought we would offer some handy hints for surviving the silly season with your sanity still in tact.
With so much on at this time of the year, it is very easy too over-commit yourself. If you are serious about maintaining your sanity this festive season, you need to learn how to say no. There is absolutely no way you are going to enjoy yourself if you are rushing around like a mad woman! Stop trying to please everyone else and instead enjoy the fewer commitments you make.
Cut yourself some slack
If you are one of those women who is constantly comparing yourself to the efforts of others, STOP! No one is expecting everything to be absolutely perfect, nor are you expected to do everything yourself. Yes, it is easier said then done but try not to put too much pressure on yourself - Perfection is overrated anyway.
Keep it simple
Christmas can get complicated, but it does not have to be. Keep things simple and instead focus on what really matters, spending quality time with family and friends.
Have a budget
Lets be honest, it is very easy to spend A LOT of money at Christmas time. Food, grog, presents, holiday activities – it adds up fast. To avoid the additional stress of overspending this festive season, set yourself a budget and stick to it.
Take some time for you
No matter how busy you may be, try and find a bit of time each day to do something you really enjoy. Whether that be sitting down to read the Newspaper each morning or taking the dog for a walk, taking some time for yourself will go a long way in helping you relax.
Get everyone involved
Preparing for Christmas should not be something you have to do all by yourself. Everyone should be pitching in. Get your husband to mow the lawns and pick up the Christmas tree. Have the kids help with present wrapping and decoration’s. If everyone does their bit, it should make the whole procedure a lot more manageable.
Although we can’t guarantee there won’t be family drama, nor can we prevent the inevitable weight gain that happens this time of year, hopefully these tips will help you in getting through the silly season while still maintaining some of your sanity.
So, let this year be the year you ditch the Christmas stress and instead enjoy all the wonderful things that the festive season has to offer.