It’s December, and that means the countdown is now officially on to that magical time of year. Hmmm but how magical is it for us stressed our parents? Despite it being affectionately known as the festive season, for many of us it’s more like the frenetic season with a massive long list of to-dos….the Christmas gift shopping for family and friends, the dinner prepping, the last minute fretting, the seemingly never ending school dates for Christmas fairs, mufti days, Nativity plays and essentially – the worry of what you have or haven’t done. It’s can be a bit less ho ho ho more argh argh argh sometimes!
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of working ourselves up into a whirlwind of a tizzy, I’ve teamed up with Rescue Remedy – a specially blended combination of five Bach™ Original Flower Essences – to share these tips from Neil Shah, Chief De-Stressor at The Stress Management Society on how we can take a moment and take the stress out of Christmas.
Make organisation your middle name
With so many activities to accomplish this festive period, lists can go a long way. They will help you keep a record of what needs to be done and when they need to done. Make a to-do list and check things off as you go along so that Christmas day doesn’t creep up on you. This includes jotting down important dates such as the last Christmas post to ensure your Christmas cards and presents get sent on time!
Ditch the perfection
With the above said, having a realistic expectation of how Christmas should be will help you overcome trying to make everything “perfect”. Christmas is about enjoyment and not stressing over perfection. This will inevitably add more pressure on you.
Create buffer times, times where you do things slowly and peacefully, this may be decorating the tree for example, this can be a relaxing activity and remember, making a memorable day is much more important than everything being perfect, so don’t fret over perfection, just enjoy!
Think small – not big!
Gift-buying is definitely one of the most stressful aspects of Christmas. It isn’t always easy to find quirky and interesting gift ideas to keep things different every year. But think small. Having several creative stocking stuffers over one big gift will perhaps give you a better chance of giving a present they will like or just make the gift-opening process much more entertaining.
Use the art of delegation
Christmas is all about family. Get the kids involved – they can help decorate the house and help wrap presents. Even many shops and online vendors offer wrapping services so alternatively you get a little extra help from them, taking more weight off your shoulders.
Christmas dinner applies here too. Cooking alone can leave you frazzled. You never know, getting the family involved can make everyone feel helpful and give them a sense of belonging where it can actually change a stressful experience into something fun.
Bring on the self care
Christmas may be a season to be jolly, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be tempted to indulge in nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar products especially if you are feeling overwhelmed. Instead, keep yourself and your guests well hydrated by drinking water or even herbal teas. What a great way to keep you warm than a cup of hot tea during the month of December.
See the bigger picture….and enjoy!
Ensuring you and your loved ones enjoy the day is the most important thing.
Don’t spend the build up to Christmas or Christmas itself worrying, fretting and stressing, remember to keep calm. If you find yourself getting stressed, doing some simple breathing techniques will help you to relax.
- Sit or stand in a relaxed position
- Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to five
- Let the air out from your mouth, counting to eight
- Repeat several times!
Laugh about things that go wrong, they will make funny memories to look back on in the future.
I know all of these stresses too well, and for times when I can’t take the Christmas heat, I will most definitely be stopping to take a moment out and calling on my trusty sidekick Rescue Remedy which I know will help take the stress out of Christmas with just a couple of sprays. Hmmm…perhaps I’ll put some in everyone’s stocking this Christmas to keep the whole family chilled!
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