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Christmas stress busters

 

The lead up to Christmas can be an exciting but overwhelming time. It can often feel like we have a never ending list of things to do. While we try to make the day picture perfect, this stress can take over the Christmas spirit. We’ve put together a list of things that can take the stress out of Christmas.

Set a budget

The festive season shouldn’t be about spending up large with extravagant gifts, decorations and food. Setting a budget can put your mind at ease and remove the impulse to overdo it. Doing secret santa is a great idea so everyone gets a present and you don’t need to feel pressured to spend a lot of money on many gifts. Set a budget, and draw names from a hat to see which family member you will be buying for.

Get organised early

Make your list and check it twice! Grab a pen and make a list of all the things you need to get done and see if you can delegate any of those tasks. This could include what’s on the Christmas menu if you’re hosting, who’s going grocery shopping and any holiday plans you may need to organise.

Get some exercise

Exercise can be hard to fit in during the busy period, but it will help you relax and think clearly. Making scheduled time for this is proven to decrease stress hormones, increase ‘feel good’ chemicals, reduce fatigue and improve general physical health. This can be any form of exercise including a short walk, some light yoga or even a dance party in the kitchen, just as long as you are moving your body.

Take a breather

It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep during the festive season. Being well-rested is an important factor in managing your stress. You can also try taking some deep breaths if you are feeling overwhelmed, watching a five minute meditation video, and limiting your social media.

Say no

This time of year can be busy and overwhelming, looking at a full calendar and receiving more invitations to events can cause your stress levels to rise even more. Don’t be afraid to turn down an invitation – you can always rain check and organise to catch up in the new year when you both have more time on your hands. If you’re rushing from event to event you’ll start feeling exhausted before Christmas day even arrives.

 

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