Christmas Stress – make life easier this year
With Christmas just 36 days away you may be feeling apprehensive, stressed, or a little overwhelmed for a variety of different reasons and you are not alone.
I feel that, for some people, there is hesitancy about it this year after what happened in Christmas 2020. So to make your life a little easier I’ve gathered together 8 of my top tips to help you reduce Christmas stress.
1. Change your perspective – use visualisation
This can be a both a happy and a sad time depending upon your circumstances but also depending upon your mindset. The whole event can be a burden if you allow it – dreading the shopping, the social events (online & offline), the extra travelling, seeing difficult relatives. Or perhaps the loneliness you may feel.
So I ask you to take a moment and visualise your ideal Christmas – imagine the day going well, people enjoying themselves and getting along, family being kind to one another and grateful.
If you are alone, imagine joining a local group for Christmas dinner, making some new friends.
2. Set your boundaries
Set your boundaries – you don’t have to ‘see’ everyone. Were there some aspects of last Christmas where boundaries were set that led to you enjoying it more than you expected – a quieter Christmas perhaps?
Don’t try and do it all
3. What can you say No to? or NOT say ‘yes’ to?
What can you take off of your to do list? Consider hiring a cleaner so there’s one less thing to do or book a one off deep clean instead.
Rather than try to do everything, pop the kettle on, sit down and spend 5 minutes thinking what you can cross off your list or not do this year.
Order a food box – it just makes home cooking that bit easier and healthier in what can be a sickly time of the year – fast food, more caffeine will not help your immune system.
Or if you would like to try Greenchef for FREE for one box click here. I have some referral coupons to offer free boxes but would need your email address so please message me if you’d like to snap these up. Limited number available. You get a FREE box and I get £15 off my next a box.
Remember to always PAUSE when someone asks you to do something – you don’t have to give an answer straight away – maybe say can I check something and let you know later.
4. Use scent to calm and lift your mood
I can’t emphasise enough how much diffusing essential oils can help your relax and feel calm – 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Sweet Orange make a lovely calming and gently joyful festive blend. Use scent in your environment daily to help lift your mood.
5. Nurture your immune system now
If Christmas is usually a more stressful time for you and you often fall ill with coughs, colds or flu over the break right NOW is the time to support your body!
Do what you can to have a good night’s sleep, eat wholesome and nourishing broths and lots of vegetables, take milk thistle to support your liver if you know you’ll be over-indulging a bit more.
Drink fresh lemon & ginger in hot water first thing in the morning.
I’ve listed a few so what ONE thing can you pick that will help support your immune system now and leave you less STRESSED about getting ill later on? Just pick one 🙂
6. Be present
Be present. Enjoy moments instead of trying to capture it on your phone, be there and soak up the joy and happiness from the littlest things – a quiet cosy hot chocolate on the sofa. A moment stroking your cat or dog.
7. Send Christmas packages early
Don’t leave it all until the last minute, planning and doing what you can in advance will help relieve extra pressure. Just pop a note saying not to be opened until 25th.
8. Embrace human connection
We’ve been isolated a lot during 2021 so take advantage of meeting your loved ones in person and prioritise this over screen time when you can. It’s good for your soul and your emotional wellbeing.
Well that’s it, my top 8 tips to help you reduce Christmas stress and I’d love to hear if you have any valuable tips to add to the list. Drop a comment below and let me know yours 🙂
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Until next time,