8 Ways to Reduce Christmas Stress – make life easier this year
With Christmas not very far away you may be feeling apprehensive, stressed, or a little overwhelmed for a variety of different reasons and you are not alone.
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, both 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.
What do you want your Christmas to look like this year?
2. Set your boundaries
Set your boundaries – you don’t have to ‘see’ everyone. Were there some aspects of previous Christmas’s 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
Take time to pause and stop and think before saying yes to that invitation. Listen to your gut.
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 for a one off clean instead of trying to do it all yourself.
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.
Plan ahead and perhaps do some batch cooking to help you save time when you know you won’t have as much time to cook.
If your budget allows 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.
I’m a big fan of ordering food and recipe boxes just for a super busy time of the year for me like Mindful Chef. They often have new customer promotions.
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 more than usual since March 2020 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 🙂
Here are just a few Just Be Natural recommended products and gift sets to encourage relaxation ….
Until next time,