10 Tips for a Stress-free Christmas

by admin on November 8, 2010

It’s 49 days until Christmas (at the time of writing). But, don’t panic. We all know it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. We take on too much, go to parties, shop, cook lunch and catch up with friends. You can also feel torn between between families. 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 keep your blood pressure normal!

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!

This is where I fall down again, and again, and again! If you receive endless invitations to pre-Christmas gatherings, kids’ Christmas parties etc., only say yes to one or two, to keep things manageable.

3. Delegate

You can’t do everything (unless you want end up in a frazzled heap). Divide chores between your family. Give jobs to your husband/partner e.g. let him organise the Christmas tree or send him out to do the food shopping, older kids can wrap presents. Get everyone helping with the Christmas lunch too.

4. Christmas Cards

Quite frankly, I writing Christmas Cards a huge chore. So instead, do an email to friends/family with a Christmas picture of your family attached. It’s quicker, you save money, and it’s way better for the environment. We give the money saved from buying cards/stamps to a charity. (I still do post a few Christmas cards to Grannies etc).

4. Get organised

It’s not rocket science. Many of us are guilty of leaving everything to the last minute. Write lists of what you need to do and buy, do things like present shopping in November, so you’re not panic-buying on Christmas Eve. Prepare as much of the Christmas lunch (if you’re the one cooking it) the day before.

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?

10. Don’t panic

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! If you do feel yourself getting anxious, sit down, have a glass of wine, and take some deep breaths.

And remember, it really doesn’t have to be perfect!

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Naomi Richards November 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

All really good advice. I will be taking on board think of yourself as I don’t do enough relaxing in the holidays and it something I definately need to do.

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10 Tips for a Stress-free Christmas

by 21stcenturymummy on November 8, 2010

It’s 49 days until Christmas (at the time of writing). But, don’t panic. We all know it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. We take on too much, go to parties, shop, cook lunch and catch up with friends. You can also feel torn between between families. 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 keep your blood pressure normal! [click to continue…]

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Naomi Richards November 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

All really good advice. I will be taking on board think of yourself as I don’t do enough relaxing in the holidays and it something I definately need to do.

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