Christmas. Why does something that happens at the same time every year have this ability to creep up on us? Are you prepared for it?
I think that Christmas is one of the most stressful events of the year. Funny when you think that is it supposed to be a celebration.
But I’m not stressing. Armed with my lovely lists I have it all planned out. I’ve even got my Christmas cards and I will be ordering my food this week.
All that is left to do is:
- Buy presents
- Write Christmas Cards
- Buy stamps
- Send Christmas cards
- Hide all the clutter
- Clean the house
- Put up the Christmas tree
- Decorate the house
- Wrap presents
- Distribute presents
- Visit family
- Panic that I’ve missed something off the list
- Panic that I’ve missed someone off the list
- Collect the food
- Cook the food
- And eat until I want to go pop!
Nothing to it!
Is The Stress Worth It?
Oh boy, I hate the stress of Christmas. Seriously when there is so much hype and expectation around one day I’m beginning to wonder whether all this stress is worth it.
Now don’t get me wrong it’s not Christmas itself that I hate. No, I love listening to carol singers, seeing all the pretty lights and the idea that there should be goodwill to all men. Hallelujah to that. What I don’t like is the pure commercialism and the pressure that Christmas has to be perfect.
To me, it is all a bit too much.
It’s no surprise that when we are under all this stress things can be more challenging to deal with.
But knowing that this time of year is full of stress we can do something about it.
10 Tips on how to approach a stress free Christmas.
- Grab a checklist. There are lots on the internet at this time of year all promising to make Christmas a little bit easier. One of my favourites is from https://www.mumsmakelists.com/ which has a week by week schedule. By the way, this is a great website for mums who have to juggle family, career and managing a household.
- Trim the to-do list. Accept that everything is not going to get done when there are extra Christmas things to manage. Keep your to-do list simple with just the essentials.
- Delegate. You are not alone. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from others.
- Block time out in your diary to focus on particular aspects. Whether that is putting time aside to write Christmas cards or planning shopping trips to get presents.
- Cancel the Clean-a-thon. Keep the thorough cleaning to the public areas only. The house will not fall apart if there is a bit of dust around. Yes, we want it looking nice for Christmas but that does not mean getting frazzled with endless cleaning tasks.
- Schedule time to just relax. We can get so anxious about the Christmas preparation that we forget to look after ourselves. So plan some pampering treats. Now this might sound a little self-indulgent but the more relaxed you are, the less stressed you will feel. And ultimately you will be a nicer person to be around.
- Limit Presents. Buying Christmas presents can be expensive so consider reducing the load by agreeing to a budget with people. It can also be stressful when trying to decide what to buy everyone. Within families you might want to consider doing a secret Santa approach and setting a limit on how much you spend. It is so much easier to buy for one person than for everyone. At least this way, everyone gets a present.
- Wrap presents as soon as you buy them rather than having to wrap all of them at once. Unless of course you enjoy a massive wrapping spree. Which should only be done with the aid of alcohol in my opinion.
- Buy don’t bake. If you are someone who enjoys baking stick to the things that you know you will enjoy making. Not everything has to be homemade.
- Scale back décor. Focus on the three main areas. Front door, Christmas Tree and table. Less is more. Keep it simple.
Christmas is a stressful time of the year. So remember to be easy on yourself. Things do not need to be perfect. It should be all about being with your loved ones and celebrating. So don’t be tempted to pile your to-do list up with all the nice to haves. Take time out for yourself so that by the time Christmas arrives you will be relaxed and ready to join the festivities.