Christmas is a magical and stressful time of the year. All the extra time spent shopping, decorating the home, baking and attending social gatherings can be extremely exhausting. It is possible, however, to fully enjoy the seasonal festivities without the added stress, demands, over indulgence and unnecessary expense.
- Be Realistic
It is easy to get swept away by the hectic Christmas buzz. To improve your enjoyment of the season be realistic about what can and can’t be achieved. Modern technology makes connecting with distant loved ones easy so be prepared to be flexible with arrangements and plans.
- Seek Support
You don’t have to do everything yourself, to ensure that Christmas is perfect. Enlist family members to help with chores so that you have more time to concentrate on the festive extras. If you are spending Christmas alone consider volunteering in your community. Getting involved is a rewarding experience that will lift your spirits.
- Plan Ahead
Make some plans for specific things like shopping, visiting friends and family, and food preparation. Careful planning enables you to manage your time so that you can get more things accomplished. Plan meals, make a Christmas gift buying list and delegate tasks.
- Maintain Healthy Habits
Although some indulgence is to be expected, over the Christmas period, it is important to maintain your healthy habits. Over indulgence often leads to guilt and stress, as well as an increased waistline and a compromised immune system. Keep up your regular exercise regime and make sure that you get plenty of sleep.
- Stick To A Budget
Decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and to stick to your budget. To save money get creative by giving meaningful homemade gifts. There are excellent online resources that show you how to make and decorate unique gifts that recipients will love.
- Be Spontaneous
Adopting a flexible outlook allows you to go with the flow and improves your Christmas experience. Don’t let outdated traditions and family customs restrict your enjoyment and fun.
- Acknowledge Your Feelings
If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed it is important to acknowledge how you feel, instead of plowing on regardless. Take a breather to lift your spirits if the going gets too much. A spiritual reading is a great way to reconnect with your spirit.
- Set Differences Aside
Christmas is traditionally a time when grievances and arguments add to the stress. Accept that everyone is different and that partners, family members and friends do not have to live up to all your expectations. Set aside any differences until a more appropriate time.
- Just Say No
It is easy to say “Yes” to every request and invitation that comes your way. Sometimes, however, it is not always possible to follow through. To improve you Christmas say “Yes” to the really important things and stay flexible with every other request.
- Take Time Out
Make some time for you. Find a quiet place to recharge your batteries whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Listening to soothing music or taking a relaxing bubble bath will clear your mind and restore your calm.
- Give Thanks
Appreciate all that you already have. Whilst it is a pleasure to unwrap a Christmas gift you already have far more valuable treasures. Give gratitude for your family, friends and loved ones.
- Let Go Of Expectations
To fully appreciate the sentiments and spirit of the season let go of your expectations.
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