The Christmas season is a time for reflection and a time for loved ones, but it’s also a busy time socially. Keep an eye on your stress levels as you race from one commitment to the next and consider these tips to ensure that whilst doing all you can to look after others, you also gift yourself a very merry Christmas.
Put self-care before care elsewhere
The holidays might see your home playing host to returning children or visiting relatives. Suddenly you’re cooking and cleaning for a packed household, making Christmas anything but relaxing. These additional bodies in your living space can have you craving peace and quiet. Try to schedule a daily break for some “you-time”. Take a short walk to be with your thoughts, relax over a cup of tea and a good book, or delegate responsibility for some home duties to those around you.
Eat, drink and be merry… in moderation
Christmas can feel like lurching from one delicious feast to the next and you’ve certainly earned the right to enjoy yourself. But be mindful that over-eating and drinking usually won’t make you feel great physically and can negatively impact your mood and emotions. There will be temptation to go crazy and overindulge but consider ways to enjoy yourself in moderation and you’ll do better at celebrating throughout the holidays, rather than just that one big event.
It really is the thought that counts
According to Reserve Bank data, Australians spent $29 billion on credit cards in December 2017, amounting to $1,727 per card. Rather than adding to the stress of repaying this mounting national debt, write a gratitude note to share genuine feelings with a loved one or present them with a home-made decorative or edible gift.
Embrace the imperfection and have a laugh
Just like the stress of wedding planning, many Christmas party hosts strive to throw the perfect event. This quest for perfection can create immense pressure and unnecessary stress, especially considering that most guests simply want to relax and enjoy being with one another over the holidays. Let go of these demanding self-expectations and you’ll find it easier to have a laugh and enjoy the festive season along with your guests.