|Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year with lots going on, lots of people coming and going and plus finding that perfect gift for a loved one. But, what can we do to make life a little less stressful at this time to enjoy this festive time!
Here are 3 of our top tips….
Tip #1 – Preparation
Being prepared is a must for any time you are about to go into a stressful time. If you were to take an overseas holiday (ok, maybe not this year!), how long would you spend preparing and planning to make it the best trip ever? You would never turn up at the airport and then decide where you want to go. We spend so much time, yet we often leave things to the last minute when it comes to Christmas. Be like Santa…. Make a list and check it twice! Being prepared and organised will massively reduce stress levels.
Tip #2 – Remember
Remember what this time of year is actually all about for you and your family. Is it all about having the perfect lunch with all the trimmings, or is it about laughing and spending time with your family? Maybe it is time to throw out your traditions if they are stressing you out. Perhaps you don’t need 4 different roasts; maybe just one would be enough to provide a great meal that allows everyone to spend time with each other. Is it time to do what is right for your family, rather than what is expected of us? Decide what sort of Christmas you want, and then plan the day to allow that to happen.
Tip #3 – Care
A busy and stressful time can also mean that you may not be looking after yourself. Watch how much you eat and drink during this festive season…. Yes, we really just said that! Make sure you are getting enough sleep and take a little time out for yourself. For a time that should be a great time to spend with your family and rest and recover going into the new year, we often do the opposite and wear ourselves out. Now, don’t get us wrong, if you want to go to parties and spend time with friends and extended family, that is great! But if you find yourself getting stressed, particularly over this time, then take a little time out for yourself.We hope that this is a great little reminder for the coming weeks to not make this time of year stressful but instead enjoy this time. We are wishing you a very Merry …. And stress-free…. Christmas!
“Chris turned up on time and cleaned my gutters. After he had finished he also explained what he had done