It might not be December just yet, but we’re all hanging out for a bit of a celebration and a break. To make your Christmas as stress-free as possible, it’s important to plan ahead and get in early. We’ve put together some helpful tips that will make for a stress-free Christmas this year!
1. Plan ahead
Naturally, the first tip on this list is to plan ahead. This goes for both your Christmas gift and grocery shopping, as well as any holiday plans you might have. Decide who’s going to host any family gatherings, create a menu, and make a list of things you’ll need. A handy tip is to sort anything on your to-do list into four categories – do it, delegate it, defer it, or drop it.
2. Make meals easier
You might not be looking forward to slaving over a stove this year, so don’t! There are a few other options you can choose to take away the stress of cooking. Host a potluck meal where everyone brings a plate, or choose something that’s pre-made. Your local grocers or meal delivery service is likely to have a tonne of Christmas goodies all ready to go – just heat and eat!
3. Stick to a budget
This one is going to be important at the end of a year like we’ve had. That’s why forward-planning is key. The last thing you want to be doing is spending a lot of extra money on last-minute items because what you ordered online didn’t arrive on time. Now’s a great time to plan out what you need to buy and how much it will cost – you’ll get in before the rush, and you’ll hopefully stick to your budget!
4. Be creative with gifting
Presents don’t need to be expensive or the latest thing. Get creative this year if you’re stressing about costs and time. You could do some baking, or offer your cleaning services to a friend or family member who really needs it. Sometimes your time and effort is much more valuable than a token gift that will eventually get thrown into a box in the closet.
5. Say no when you need to
Because this time of year can mean a very packed calendar, make sure you take time out to relax. You might have a tonne of parties and celebrations you’ve been invited to, but learn to say no to keep your stress levels down. If you’re rushing from one thing to the next and spending more money on gifts and outfits, you’re only going to feel exhausted when it comes to Christmas day!