With Christmas coming up and the rush to get plans organised, shopping done and still find time to take care of yourself here are some helpful tips to use to help manage stress, keep plans on track and have time for yourself.
- Plan Ahead:- Too many people spend weeks worrying about getting the shopping done, it’s far easier to do it when you first start thinking about it. Start stocking up with the supplies as soon as possible, try getting a few items over the remaining weeks leading up to Christmas along with your regular shopping instead of doing one big shop right before.
- Don’t embarrass yourself at parties:- Of course, it is the time to let your hair down – but not at any cost! All too often people go a bit too far and then live to regret it.
- Limit your expectations:- Don’t expect to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas as it’s near likely to fall short of your expectations. The most important thing is for you and your family to have fun.
- Don’t try to do everything:– If you are responsible for cooking and hosting the Christmas Day activities, then don’t take it all upon yourself. Why not ask other family members to bring different parts of the meal, such as snacks, salads or desserts – don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Everything in moderation!
- Re-hydrate:- If you have overdone it on the alcohol, then it is important to get yourself back on an even keel.
- Get active the morning after:– As soon as you are feeling remotely human, and your chances of throwing up have lessened, then think about doing some exercise.
- Sleep:-Sleeping is the time when our bodies recover from the excesses of life. Therefore, make sure you get some quality sleep, even if it is just a few hours.
- Time off:-If possible, plan your holidays so that you are not forced into going in to work. Many people try burning the candle at both ends, combining parties and work, and end up completely stress and wiped out. Time off in the run up to Christmas will prevent you from being overworked and over-stressed by the time it arrives.
- Don’t be on your own:– If you are concerned about being lonely over Christmas, either being single or unable to spend it with family, then do something about it now. Think about inviting a few others over who are in the same boat as you and consider offering your house as a venue for the event.
Final Tip: Christmas should be fun but if you find that previous years have not been enjoyable then consider doing something about it, try something different.