With about a month to go until Christmas, you may be starting to feel stressed out. After all, you’ve got to buy the perfect presents, make the perfect cookies, decorate the perfect tree, and act perfectly for all of your in-laws. Whoever said this was the most wonderful time of the year?!
Luckily, you can avoid a Christmas meltdown, simply by following these 5 tips:
1. Stick to your budget
If you think spending more than you can afford on designer presents is going to ease your stress, think again! You’ll simply wind up with stress-overload when your credit card bills arrive in January. So, set a Christmas budget, and promise yourself that you’ll stick to it.
If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, get creative. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right?
2. Don’t expect perfection
It’s one thing to get excited for Christmas; it’s another thing to drive yourself crazy by trying to make everything perfect. If you go overboard trying to achieve perfection, you’ll go spiraling into a sea of stress when something inevitably comes up short. You’ll be so crazed that you’ll completely miss out on what the spirit of Christmas is all about — spending time with loved ones, being kind to everyone around you, and enjoying the giving as much as the receiving.
3. Just say “no”
You can’t possibly make it to ALL of those parties and bake ALL of those cookies. If you spread yourself too thin, you’ll likely kick sleeping and exercise to the curb — which will make you feel even more edgy. So, prioritise your chores, your invitations, and your other obligations so that your schedule has plenty of breathing room.
4. Take some time for yourself
It’s impossible NOT to feel stressed out when your mother-in-law criticises your rum cake recipe, when your overbearing cousin comments about how expensive your gift was, and when your sister tries to bait you into an argument over politics. Celebrating Christmas means spending time with family — which means dealing with any friction they may come with. Instead of trying to bottle everything up (or, worse, lashing out) give yourself a time-out every now and then. Whether it’s enjoying a mug of hot chocolate all by yourself or watching your favorite Christmas movie when no one else is around, some “me time” can really overpower stress and anxiety!
5. Don’t drink too much
It can be easy to over-indulge at Christmas time. After all, everyone’s gathered around the mulled wine at home and passing around big bottles of booze at the company Christmas party. But, remember, alcohol is a depressant. So, if you drink too much, you’re going to feel sluggish, sad, and tense as that hangover starts to settle in. Then you’ll REALLY be stressed out!