Tips on how to avoid stress this Christmas
The holiday season is for 99% of us the most stressful part of the year. With so many moving parts it can easily become a logistical nightmare. Juggling children’s concerts, home parties, work parties, financial strain, baking, gift buying, extra work commitments, holiday home decorating, the stress train never seems to end.
Holiday tips for a stress-free Christmas
- Just because it’s Christmas don’t stop doing things you normally enjoy. Whether reading a good book, going for a walk or reading bedtime stories to your kids, make time to relax and recharge.
- It’s OK to say ‘no.’ There are endless demands on your time. You can’t do everything. Instead of saying ‘yes’ to every invitation and then living to regret it, graciously say you can’t attend. Excuses aren’t required. Everyone understands the busy holiday season.
- We love our traditions with our family at Santa Mails a Letter. Make sure that your family traditions are still important to everyone. You may find that some holiday traditions can be altered to accommodate changes within the family.
- You don’t have to ‘go big.’ When shopping for gifts sometimes it is best to simplify and match the gift to the person. Check out our earlier blog post on how to tackle your holiday gifts. Summer: A Great Time To Think Christmas.
- Stay active. In other words, make sure you continue with your regular exercise routine. You can also park further away from the store entrance to add some extra steps to your day. Involve the kids as well. Bundle them up and check out the neighborhood holiday decorations.
- Consistent bedtime. We all like parties and concerts. But, they can consume many evenings during the Christmas season. Try to be consistent with your bedtime, as sleep is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your body. As you know, the best gift we give ourselves and family is good health.
- Along with sleep, eating properly is the key to good health. Christmas is a time for excess. But, you don’t have to accept everything you are offered. A trick we use when faced with rich foods and treats: use a small plate. It helps you avoid extra calories and makes you much more selective about what you eat.
- Limit your alcohol consumption. To much alcohol will impact your sleep pattern, adds extra calories, impacts digestion and will drain your energy. Nothing adds stress following the holiday than seeing those extra pounds.
- You don’t have to buy gifts for everyone. The fewer people you have to buy for will put less stress on you.
If Santa can get through the holidays without losing the Christmas spirit, so can we.