5 Christmas Holiday Stress Reduction Tips
Although this is a time of fun, family, and festivity, Christmas holiday stress is just one or two unforeseen events away for most people. Someone unexpected arrives on Christmas Day; the turkey reaches the table and looks as though it could still be revived, these are just a few of the minor things that can set off Christmas holiday stress.
In this article we’re going to have a look at five things you can do to make sure that you have as stress free a Christmas as possible.
Christmas holiday stress reduction tip 1: don’t expect everything to be perfect.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of Christmas, especially when the music is blasting out of every store and the decorations are covering every square inch of the place, but this isn’t always a good thing. We tend to set expectations of ourselves and others over this time of the year, which can often be unrealistic.
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to be the perfect host, or to have the perfect traditional Christmas, nobody’s perfect, unforeseen things happen and if you aren’t prepared to accept them and try to make the best of it, you’re going to get stressed, and things will often go from bad to worse.
So, expect the unexpected, don’t expect perfection, and the Christmas holidays will be that bit less stressful for you.
Christmas holiday stress reduction tip 2: formulate your strategy.
That almost makes this sound like a battle plan, and in some ways it’s not far off of that.
If you make a plan or check list for yourself you’re going to find that the Christmas season gets a whole lot easier. For instance, if you know who you have to buy for, you can work out what to get before getting side tracked at the shops. Then you can tick them off the list as they’re bought for.
Knowing what you’re getting means you won’t run out of wrapping paper and cards; this method also means you can take advantage of bargains by buying in bulk.
This same attention to the organisational detail means you can have the food all sorted out for the big day, too. Having as many of these things planned for as possible is going to help to make this a less stressed time for you, but, remember tip number 1 and don’t expect even this to be a perfect solution.
Christmas holiday stress reduction tip 3: less stress through delegation.
As much as we like to think we can, we just can’t do everything ourselves. The more we try, the less we seem to get done, and the more the stress levels rise; so what’s the answer? Delegate some of the jobs to other members of the family.
Christmas is a time for sharing, so share the load. Do the things that you know you have to do yourself, and delegate some of the less difficult, yet time consuming tasks to others and your stress levels will reduce considerably.
Christmas holiday stress reduction tip 4: family holidays shouldn’t always be spent with family.
We all have them, those members of the extended family that wouldn’t know how to interact and enjoy themselves if it was their only mission in life. It’s OK not to invite them around.
Make your immediate family the priority, include members of the extended family who everyone gets on with, and ‘forget’ to send the invite to great uncle Grinch of misery bay – he’d probably rather stay at home and write angry letters about the falling standards of Christmas television specials anyway.
It may seem like a mean thing to do, but if it makes things less stressful for you and the rest of the family, it’s something you should seriously consider doing.
Christmas holiday stress reduction tip 5: don’t be a budget buster.
Christmas is well known as a time for overindulging, and some excesses are easier to get rid of than others, but the one that could cause you the most damage at this time of the year is over spending.
We all want to get something special for our families at this time of the year, and ‘pester power’ doesn’t make it any easier when it comes to the kids, but putting your Christmas on the credit cards isn’t the way to do it; way too many people find they’re paying off the previous Christmas while still putting this year’s on the plastic.
Cut some of the financial stress of the season by making your own presents. No matter what your skill level you’ll be able to find something that you can do. If you can’t make the actual gift yourself then look at making your own cards to go with it.
There we have it; 5 stress reduction tips for the Christmas holidays.
Plan ahead as much as possible, but prepare yourself for Christmas not being perfect, it never is, so there’s no need to stress about things that go wrong. Get the family involved in doing some of the things that you would otherwise end up doing yourself.
Don’t feel bad about not inviting around people who tend to spoil it for everyone else. Finally, don’t fall into the trap of over spending at Christmas; it’s one stressful situation that will last for a long time.
So look forward to a happy Christmas, now that you know how to relieve the Christmas holiday stress.