Christmas in one of the most stressful times of the year. We take on too much, go to parties, children’s activities, shop, cook lunch and catch up with friends. Big rows with partners are not uncommon as the pressure mounts. It’s easy to feel like you are about to explode. Here are some top tips to help you have a stress-free Christmas.
1. Don’t take on too much.
Take the pressure off by being realistic what you can or can’t do. Instead of organising Pre-Christmas Drinks, why not push them back to January, when it’s miserable and people need cheering up.
2. Don’t be afraid to say NO!
If you receive endless invitations to pre-Christmas gatherings, kids’ Christmas parties etc., only say yes to one or two, to keep things manageable.
You can’t do everything (unless you want end up in a frazzled heap). Give jobs to your husband/partner e.g. let him organise the Christmas tree or send him out to do the food shopping
4. Get organised
It’s not rocket science. Many of us are guilty of leaving everything to the last minute. Do things like present shopping in advance, so you’re not panic-buying on Christmas Eve.
5. Shop online
The internet can be a godsend if you’re a mum. Instead of having to trudge through the shops, child in tow, do your Christmas shopping online. It’s quick and you can do it in the comfort of your own home, when your kids are in bed. If you do go shopping, think of what you need to get and for whom, first. This will save you walking aimlessly around for hours.
6. Limit travel if you can
No one likes long car journeys. If you have to see both yours and your partners families (and hundreds of relatives), why not arrange to see one set a few weeks before/after Christmas.
7. Factor your children into the equation when making plans.
They won’t enjoy endless long car journeys or having to permanently be on their best behaviour when doing the rounds of Great-grandparents, Great Aunt Flo and long lost cousins.
8. Think of yourself.
It’s impossible to please everyone, although if you’re like me, then you’ll try very hard. It’s important that you enjoy Christmas too, so think of how you’d like to spend this Christmas. How about spending Christmas abroad one year?
9. RELAX and enjoy it.
If you’re stressed and not enjoying yourself, your children will pick up on it. It may in turn make them feel tense and they could end up playing up, making things whole lot worse!
10. Don’t panic
If you do feel yourself getting anxious, sit down and take long, deep breaths (focusing on your breathing) for a few minutes.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect
If anyone has any to add, it would be great to read your comments.