How to Limit Holiday Stress and Enjoy Christmas Properly This Year
People feel very different about Christmas and the same person can both love the holiday season and get quite stressed and worried about it. I mainly enjoy it but it depends on how we’re celebrating and I do try my best to limit any stress triggers to make Christmas as enjoyable as possible.
If you tend to get stressed about Christmas or on Christmas Day, these tips and the ones below might be useful for you:
Do What Makes You Happy
It’s time to stop just thinking about what other people want and do what you want. If you love hosting Christmas, then go for it and be the hostess with the mostess, but if that’s really not your thing, work something else out where you’re visiting other family members’ homes or simply celebrate at home with you own family unit. If you go with what you prefer, then you’ll be happier instantly.
Minimalist Gift Giving
Limit the amount of gifts that you buy and who you buy for. My husband and I stopped buying each other Christmas presents a few years ago and over the past couple of years, my sisters, mum and I have not bought for each other either. Now, we only buy gifts for the kids instead and it has taken so much stress out of Christmas and the time running up to the big day. Children are much easier to buy gifts for!
If you’re hosting or cooking for your own family, make it easy for yourself and do what you can in advance to prepare for the Christmas lunch. Lots of the veg can be prepared the night before and there’s no shame in buying things that are pre-prepared whether that’s shop bought cranberry sauce, Christmas cake or already peeled and chopped vegetables. Time is precious and lack of time causes stress. Oh, and if you’ve been cooking all morning, get the rest of the family to help out and do the tidying up and the dishes to let you relax a bit!
Remember What’s Important to You
What’s important about Christmas to you? Make sure you include any routines or things that are precious to you and you will enjoy the day more. For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent the morning on Christmas preparing food and being busy in general so in the afternoon, I love to sneak off for a quick nap and then enjoy a Baileys coffee when I’m back up. My daughters’ step nana loved having a G&T and listening to music in the kitchen as she prepared Christmas lunch — we all have our little things that are part of our own traditions so make sure you include yours.
This blog is edited by a mid-30s mum with over 15 years of professional childcare experience. Now 10 years into motherhood and enthusiastic about finding great products and helpful solutions for busy families to make life more fun and easier too.
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