20 ways to make Christmas less stressful… true it’s Dec 19th now, but still time to have less stressful holidays!
Christmas atmosphere fills the air now! That means friends, family and office parties, but sometimes it also means stress. If it’s not possible to completely avoid it, here are 20 ideas to make Christmas more special, magical and less stressful How do you fight stress during Christmas?
But before that, let me wish you all a fantastic Christmas time! I truly want to thank you for the big part you play in my life, always supporting me through nice words! Blogging allows us to be touched by others and maybe, make some contributions, definitely learning from each other. Christmas is a time for family, friends and the people who matter the most to you, who impact on our lives. I wish everybody a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful new year, with love, joy, hope; may you fulfil your goals and always be kind to other people, to have a better world! May Christmas beauty live in our hearts all year!
1. Set up your priorities – Maybe write lists down, to organize what you need to do first, what can wait, what you can ditch. Christmas’ meaning is love and togetherness – the rest is… “accessories”.
2. Make your own perfect party – TV and media put pressure on us, “imposing” what’s good, what’s not and people often compare their houses, decoration, outfits, etc, to images of “perfection” of a friend or even celebrities. That’s a trap – do and wear what’s better for you and your family!
3. Decorate for you – The previous tip leads to this one. Use what you have, create, have a big tree, a small one or none – it’s up to you! Decorate your house – or not – the way you prefer. Make the best of what you have.
4. Stay on your budget – Don’t over spend if you can’t. People will understand. And if they don’t, maybe they are not the ones you should be around? Good thought
5. Online shopping saves a lot of time! And you can browse anytime and a broader amount of shops! And no crowded stores!
6. Write thanks-notes – Either to people or keep it private; it really makes a difference and keeps the focus on the positive, the blessings you had during life and the year. It really can improve the mood!
7. Create some new traditions – Surely there are nostalgic traditions, keep them too, but why not creating memorable times of your own, to the family? What the people in your life really want from you is your attention, your time, care and love.
9. Don’t be ashamed of saying NO – Limit your activities, don’t over-commit; it’s not possible to do everything to everybody all the time. If you do so, you just end up feeling drained.
10. Reset Expectations – On everything: who will come to the party, the presents you will get, who will send you cards… If you set your expectations high and they are not fulfilled, frustration leads to stress. So maybe it’s better to keep them a bit more down to earth
11. Keep it simple – Why having a big tree, if you know it will take time and money that maybe you don’t have, sometimes just to impress? Or a big supper that will take you days organizing, preparing and then cleaning? Do it if you want, of course, but if you keep it simple, it can also be very beautiful, good and rewarding!
12. Start the Christmas mood by watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas songs! They do ignite the Christmas atmosphere, cheering us up!
13. Bake – Whatever: cookies, cakes or… panettone! Try to give them to some people who you love. A pearl necklace may be great, but cookies baked by a friend are really priceless – it shows that the person fondly thought of us.
14. Wrap creatively – It’s also part of the previous tip. It shows care and attention. But do it ONLY if you don’t feel the pressure to be different, thus leading to stress!
15. Give also time, not things – #13 and #14 are good examples of that. Listen to a friend in need, or give some time to a charity you help. Organizing Christmas parties for the ones who have no one to look after them is a good way to show some Christmas love, too.
16. Reflect about life – Say I Love You to family and friends. Time flies. This year I have lost a half-brother and one of my mother’s best friends. So say “I love You” often, don’t wait for tomorrow! It means more than a present – reflect about the meaning of Christmas. It’s a good time to do that!
17. Allow yourself to gain 4 lbs. (around 2 kilos) during the holiday parties – Just relax… enjoy all the special things that this period offers!
18. Find a fun activity (it can be simple and free) and share it, play it with your family and friends.If you say that you don’t have time, think a bit better – we tend to spend time on things that aren’t adding anything (positive) to our lives, and instead of spending 2 hours on the web checking facebook posts we could be spending time with beloved ones. Just my humble opinion.
19. No last minute shopping! Go back to #5 Avoid the last minute stress, when you won’t find what you want and will have to compromise. Last minute shopping is a reason of huge stress!
20. Enjoy – Christmas is a beautiful time and celebration, and it is supposed to be fun; it doesn’t have to be “perfect” and what does perfect mean, anyway? It depends on the person. Besides, there’ll be Christmas next year, and next and next. You can always change things and do something different every year. And keep traditions, too. So enjoy it! And bring your happiness to the celebration!
Hope you have a fabulous week and Christmas with many smiles!
Thanks for the sweet comments!