How To Cope With Christmas Stress

It is easy to feel stressed out at this time of year especially if, like me, you have the responsibility of cooking the Christmas dinner. There always seems like there is so much to get done before the big day. I have put together five top tips to help you cope with Christmas stress.

Plan Ahead

I love a good list and the satisfaction of checking off each task. Writing a list helps me to order my thoughts and prioritise which are the most important.  It also makes it easy for you to delegate tasks to other people.

Online Shopping

When it comes to Christmas shopping I buy as much as I can online. I tend to know exactly ehat I’m going to buy people and find that shopping this way saves so much time. While I love to shop locally I can’t cope with the high street at this time of the year, there are just so many people and parking is near on impossible. When it comes to my Christmas food, everything that lasts has already been bought so I only have to run to the supermarket nearer the time for things like cream.

Know When To Stop

Don’t worry about everything being absolutely perfect, it is more important to enjoy the day. If I don’t have something ready by Christmas Eve then I am just going to have to accept that I am as prepared as I can be.

Make Time For Yourself

It is so easy for Christmas to become about everyone else with it being the season of giving but it is equally important to make some time for yourself. Even if thats just to have a long soak in the bath or watch a film in peace. I find going for a walk or run is a great way to clear my mind, relieve some stress and make me feel a bit better about myself.

Have Fun

This is the most important one. Even if you are the one doing everything it is still your Christmas so make sure that you try and relax and enjoy it. It isn’t the end of the world if things don’t go exactly to plan, just focus on spending quality time with your family and friends.

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