Stressbusting Tips To Stay Festive Throughout The Christmas Season

David Gandy Marks and Spencer, David Gandy Marks and Spencer Holiday

Christmas can be an incredibly stressful time of year for many. Of course, there’s lots of fun to be had too, but, with all of the preparations, social interactions, and spending, it can cause pressure to build up, leaving many with a negative view of the Christmas season. We all want to enjoy this joyous time with our families, but until you take action, nothing is going to change. With that in mind, here are six things that you can do to beat stress throughout the holiday season.

Know What Needs To Be Done
Christmas requires a lot of preparation, which means that if you’re not organized, you could forget to do something crucial. For this reason, you should sit down and write two lists of holiday activities. One of these should be full of essentials, like shopping, and the other should be things you would like to do, like seeing the Christmas lights. Check these things off the lists as you do them. 

Start The Preparations Early 
To make your life a little easier, you should spread your festive activities out so that they begin before or at the start of December. After all, there’s no rule that says everything needs to be crammed into the week leading up to the big day. Many holiday tasks and activities, like shopping for gifts and food, putting up decorations, and baking festive treats can all be done much earlier.

Stick To Your Budget
Overspending over Christmas can lead to debt and other serious issues in the New Year, as well as stress throughout the holidays. To avoid this, you should set a budget and ensure that you stick to it. Gifts are often the largest cost, so make them cheaper by buying second-hand, giving homemade presents, and shopping Amazon Prime deals. You can also cut down your gift list.

Enlist Some Christmas Helpers
Preparing for Christmas is a lot of work, so, instead of struggling alone, you should get the whole family involved. This will ease the pressure on you and get everyone excited about and involved in the festivities. With so much to do, there are tasks suited to everyone, even your youngest and oldest family members.

Take Care Of Yourself
Many people assume they should be joyous and happy throughout the entirety of December, but, more often than not, that isn’t possible. Instead of faking a smile and getting on with things, you should take the time to take proper care of yourself. This means eating nutritious meals, getting plenty of sleep, and having some time to yourself. 

Remember What It’s About
We all want a picture perfect Christmas, but, if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know that those don’t really exist. Regardless, that isn’t what Christmas is all about. Rather than aiming for perfection, you should enjoy the special moments you have with those you love throughout the day. People don’t remember the perfectly decorated tree, but they do the smiles and laughter. 

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, so follow this advice and manage your stress this year. 

This is a contributed post.

Photo: David Gandy for  Marks & Spencer Holiday 2013


Ivana Split said...

You're so right, rather that aiming for the perfection, we should learn to enjoy the moment we are in. Christmas (or any other holiday) almost never turns out perfectly, but there are always those special moments that make it worth while.

Beauty Unearthly said...

Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

Emmylou said...

So agree, esp. about the prepping early. My hubby and I are almost done with our Christmas shopping. He really hates cramming it all in in a short period as he gets stressed out, and now, over the years, he's influenced me:D

Beauty said...

Great Post. I always enjoy your Life style Posts because they offer lots of useful information and tips. Indeed nothing is perfect so, I'll strive to enjoy every minute of this holiday season and not stress about the little things. Have a great week.