Would you like to feel less stressed at Christmas? How busy are you right now? Do you feel like you are juggling lots of balls and spinning too many plates? In the run-up to Christmas it is very easy to end up feeling overwhelmed and reach the big day feeling burnt out. How many times have you ended up ill and burntout after Christmas? It’s all too common! If you would like to stay sane at Christmas read on!
 
Feeling stressed in the run-up to Christmas is very common because of many factors.
 
First of all, the sheer amount that we have to do leaves us feeling overwhelmed and busy beyond what is actually possible. Our relationships can also leave us feeling tense and tetchy. We often feel forced to spend time with people we don’t get on with to e.g. colleagues, family, other shoppers. Our physical health is also under strain. Germs surround us, we burn the candle at both ends and eat and drink far too much. Also the continual comparison with everyone else’s Christmas (helped by Social media) can leave us feeling like we are not enough.
 
In an ideal world, Christmas should be a time of joy for everyone. Here are my top tips to feel less stressed during the festive period.
 

Realise that you don’t have to do everything

Let non-essentials go and delegate where you can. Can you get the children involved in helping in the kitchen, wrapping gifts and other small tasks. When you have people over to eat remember they are there to see you not your food. Keep some meals simple so you can enjoy the socialising too. Keeping things in perspective can help you feel less stressed over Christmas.
 

Keep relationships in perspective

To feel less stressed, avoid the social engagements you don’t have to attend. Remember that how you spend your time is up to you. Try to let go on FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome. If you have a tricky event you have to attend, make sure your head is in the right place before you set off. Take time to visualise how you want it to go and if it gets stressful take time out to breathe (you can even do this alone in the toilet).
 

Stop comparing

If there was a time of year to stay away from social media, this is it! If you want peace of mind, realise that your Christmas is up to you. It doesn’t matter what the Jones’ are doing. It doesn’t matter who has done all their shopping and already wrapped it. To feel less stressed, create the Christmas you want in your time and keep your peace of mind.
 

Focus on Gratitude

Whilst comparing with others it’s easy to notice what we don’t have. Take time out to think about the good things in your life. Sit in the quiet each evening and write down 4-5 things you are grateful for. Notice how good you feel after doing this. Do you feel less stressed?
 

Look after yourself

Keep your healthy routines like going to the gym, meditating and eating well. There are lots of germs around at the moment so keeping your immune system strong is important. Try to have a few dry days, free from alcohol too. There will be some overindulgent days but don’t let that become every day for a whole month.
 

And finally!

To feel less stressed at Christmas you do have to look after yourself. Remember that this is your Christmas as much as anyone else you care about. Look after your body and mind so you can enjoy your time with loved ones and come out the other side in one piece.
If you would like to find out more about how I can help you manage stress using a wide range of Mindset Change techniques then please contact me now.
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