ways to be less stressed over christmas.
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Let’s face it, as soon as Halloween is over in the USA ‘Christmas’ starts (perhaps even earlier!) I don’t mean the day we celebrate, I mean the preparation for said day. There’s the presents to buy, meals to plan, the tree to decorate and family/friends to see. All before December twenty five rolls around.
Thing is though, in between all the Christmas preparation there’s still all the regular things that need doing. Plus finishing up at work and the kids finishing school for the year. Just because Christmas is approaching doesn’t mean everything else stops unfortunately!
All this can lead to a sense of panic, urgency and stress. Because how on earth will it all get done?! Everyone is busy and just trying to plan a wonderful Christmas Day. But it’s almost as if there’s an obligation to throw the prettiest, most charming and delicious Christmas Day and meal ever. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making things pretty and styling all the things. But when life is uber busy, as life gets towards the end of the year, and the pressure of prepping for Christmas builds it can all seem too much.
I see this kind of thinking pretty much everywhere around this time – within my own family, other families I know and my friends. I should do, I must, if only I could, I need to, this has to be done…….etc etc. The pressure to have the best Christmas ever means you may actually be running around like a crazy person and wind up being too tired before the day has even arrived!
Look, I get it – I’m definitely one of those crazy people scrambling to get everything for the year finished up while simultaneously trying to socialise and prep for Christmas. And it’s exhausting! But I do it every time……Why?! I could put it down to ‘that’s just my personality‘.
But really, I believe with a bit of preparation and inspiration the lead up to Christmas could be less stressful. So below I have outlined a few ways to be less stressed over Christmas. I hope some of these are helpful. And know that I’m also going to try and take my own advice! Ha 😛 And yes, I know that I’m posting this ten days out from Christmas but this could still be helpful!
Ways To Be Less Stressed Over Christmas
- If you have any large projects at work that you know will take a bit of time to complete, draw up a plan or schedule to manage the timeline better. Try and stick to it as best you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help if the task starts getting overwhelming (super guilty of NOT doing that last part).
- Everyone says this but trust me, it helps. Start your gift buying earlier in the year. This way you’re not mad scrambling to find things in the crush of other last minute shoppers. Plus you can give more thought to the gifts, buy local or get something made/personalised and make it truly special.
- Try not to put things off to ‘do later’. Those little things can add up to be a big list which suddenly needs to be completed yesterday. Trust me, I know!
- Take some time out, whether it be an hour or five minutes. Removing yourself for a bit from everything can help you shift your focus and calm down. Take some deep breaths, read a book, work on a puzzle or just something that will help ground you and is relaxing.
- Remember – Christmas is only one day! Albeit a very important one for some, myself included (the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus) but in the grand scheme of things it is just a day!
- Keep it simple. Styling and arranging Christmas decor, tables and whatnot is great fun but, if the thought of planning it all and then executing seems too overwhelming, try for a simple approach. A simple colour scheme and minimal decorations can look just as effective as a lot!
- Make a list of all the tasks that need doing – a list for Christmas preparation, a list for household/work jobs and a list of ‘extras’ that aren’t that important but if they got done it would be a bonus. My Mum uses this method and it works rather well.
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As always, thank you for stopping by H&B. Even though we’re running out of days until Christmas I do hope that some of these ideas of ways to be less stressed over Christmas can help, even if next year they might be more handy! This year has gone by both incredibly slowly but also incredibly fast. How does that work? Crazy!
In my next post I’ll be sharing how I’ll be slowing down a bit though, appreciating and enjoying the little things in the lead up to Christmas. Another of the ways to be less stressed over Christmas! Plus, the next post is a really exciting one for a special reason so keep your eyes out for it!
Have a merry Christmas everyone!
Until next time lovelies!