Christmas is a time of happiness and joy, but for some it can be quite stressful and overwhelming. There is a lot of pressure around this time of year to be super organised, attend events, make time for family and friends, prepare an amazing Christmas dinner and it can all get a bit too much. It’s important to remember to take care of your wellbeing and if you feel like things are starting to get on top of you, it’s ok to take a break from all the festivities. Here are my tips to help you get through the holidays.
Christmas can be overwhelming, especially having family and friends around for the big day. Remember to set aside some time for yourself to clear your head and restore your energy. It’s good to catch your breath from all the hectic activities that occur on the day. By allowing yourself this time, you can recharge and enjoy the rest of the day with your loved ones.
Take a social media break
This time of year can be pressurising enough and social media certainly doesn’t help. People will be posting about what lavish gifts they’re getting family and friends, as well as what gifts they got and it’s easy to start comparing. With the added stress that Christmas brings, you don’t need the hassle of social media to contend with so put your phone down and try not to scroll endlessly through Facebook and Instagram. Remember that Christmas is a time to share with loved ones.
Get plenty of rest
Just because it is the party season, doesn’t mean you have to attend everything that is thrown your way. If you don’t want to go for drinks on Boxing Day or have a wild New Year’s Eve, don’t feel pressured by others to go along. Scheduling time for you is important. Whether you want to take a bubble bath, enjoy a long walk or get lost in a book, make sure you put time in to relax and unwind.
Reflect on what you’ve achieved
As the year draws to an end, it’s easy to focus on the things you didn’t achieve. Instead, try to focus on the things that you did manage to do. Changing your way of thinking from negative thoughts to positive is a step in the right direction for a new year of optimism. If you didn’t get through all the things you wanted to this year, there’s plenty of time in 2018.
Remember to enjoy the Christmas period and have a fun filled festive time that suits you and your needs.