20 Tips to avoid Christmas Stress
Does Christmas stress you out? Do you find it difficult to avoid Christmas stress?
For many of us, the festive period can be one of the most stressful times of the year. There seems like a long list of things to do before Christmas, including presents to purchase, decorations to put up and food to organise. Then there are those frustrating long queues at the shops to deal with! In this article today I will share my 20 Tips to avoid Christmas stress.
During Christmas, we often put so much pressure on ourselves to make sure they everyone is having a great time and enjoying themselves.
However, it is just as important to make sure you are looking after your own emotional well-being as well.
Remember, you are not superwoman (or superman!) and you can only do the best that you can.
Here are my 20 Top Tips to avoid Christmas Stress
1. Set Yourself a Budget. It may seem like a great idea to put all your Christmas gifts on credit but please remember that the bill will always arrive in the New Year! Set a budget and make sure you stick to it.
2. Write A List – Make a list of each person you need to buy a present for. Tick them off the list as you buy.
3. Don’t feel obliged – Many of us end up ending gifts and cards out of guilt. You really don’t have to send anything just because you feel obliged to. Give with love rather than obligation.
4. Wrap Presents gradually. – Instead of stressing yourself out with all the wrapping you need to do, try wrapping your gifts on the same night as you buy them. Oh why not arrange a wrapping party with your friends?
5. Get the kids to help. – Try getting the kids involved in wrapping the pressies. You never know, they may enjoy it!
6. Get Into The Christmas Mood. – Get yourself in the mood for Christmas by playing a Christmas CDs, or go to Panto. Remember, Christmas is supposed to be fun but it’s easy to lose track of this when you are stressed about the shopping. Avoid Christmas stress by going for a walk and checking out the neighbours lights.
7. Try Online Shopping – The perfect choice if you want to avoid the Christmas crowds and avoid Christmas queue stress.
8. Keep calm with your love ones and relatives– Remember the Christmas break only lasts for a few days so keep calm and look at the positive side of your relatives.
9. Take Some Time Out for You – Don’t feel you need to attend every single Christmas party or event. Make sure you have time to rest up and relax.
10. Don’t Forget to Breathe. – Stop for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths when you feel yourself getting stressed. Remember, you can choose to react well to stress.
11. Try not to worry if you house gets messy. – Accept that your house may be untidy Christmas not a tidy affair it’s all about letting go.
12. Say ‘No. ‘ – You don’t need to say yes to every request made of you. Saying No is often needed in order to take care of your own wellbeing and happiness. Remember saying No to others is about saying Yes to yourself and it may be just what you need avoid Christmas stress.
13. Remember the good times. – If Christmas is a sad time for you because loved ones are no longer with you, try and remember the good times and ask yourself how they would celebrate.
14. Give up the need to be perfect. If things go wrong, then learn to laugh about it. Don’t sulk or get angry. Just let it go and focus on having fun.
15. Ignore the ones who’ve done it all. – When you are rushing around at the last minute, don’t tell your super organised friends. These are the people who have done everything before September. It will only make you feel inadequate! It is ok to do things your way.
16. Clear the air. – If you’ve had an argument with someone and you know you are going to see them over the festive period, try and clear the air before they come round.
17. Let everyone be themselves. – We are all unique and different so it is ok if your family all want to fall asleep after the Queen’s speech. Let everyone be themselves even if it doesn’t fit with what you want others to do.
18. Buy a gift for Charity. – Why not purchase a little extra for someone in need or drop a few pairs of socks down to your local homeless shelter?
19. Get some Exercise. – Wrap up warm and go out for a walk even if it is freezing outside.
20. Enjoy yourself. – Really, this is what it is all about so focus on having fun, relax and enjoy!
Lisa Phillips is a Sydney based award winning Life Coach and wellness speaker. With over 18 years experience, she is also the author of ‘ The Confidence Coach’. Lisa appears regularly in the media. For more information, please see www.amazingcoaching.com.au