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Friday, 16 November 2018

6 Ways To Have A Stress-Free Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner the stresses that come with it are not far behind. Although it’s supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times of year, for some it can be incredibly stressful to ensure that they have everything they need, that things are done in time and that everybody has a good time - themselves included.

To help reduce the stresses that come with Christmas, here are 6 ways to have a stress free festive season:

Limit Your Spending

One of the biggest causes of stress during the festive season is how much money it actually costs. With multiple parties to attend, lots of gifts to buy and a massive feast to prepare, it can all add it pretty quickly. Not only will limiting the amount you spend on unnecessary items will help reduce how stressed you’re feeling, but it will also save you money in the long run. To do this, try writing out a festive budget to see what you can easily cut out. Whether it be speaking to family members to lower the gift budget, or cutting down on how much food you buy - every little helps.

Remember You Don’t Have To Say Yes To Everything

There are always lots of different parties to attend over the Christmas (and New Year) season, but the important thing to remember is that you don’t have to say yes to everything. Attending every party not only costs a lot, but you also run the risk of burning out when you don’t take a break. Weigh up which events are most important to you, then politely decline your invites to anything else.

Buy Everything You Need At Least Two Weeks Before Christmas

Being prepared and buying all of your gifts at least two weeks before Christmas means you can avoid hitting the shops during their businest periods. If you’re extra worried about heading out to shop whilst it’s busy, try ordering your gifts online. Ordering them two weeks in advance will also give you enough time to return anything that may have been a mistake.

Get All Your Presents Sent Out Early To Avoid The Mail Cut Off Date

When it comes to sending gifts to those that live too far away to visit, making sure you get this done before the mail cut off date is important. As postal services become busier and places begin to close, stress levels definitely increase. Try finding your parcel and large item courier, then book them well in advance to avoid any unnecessary stress.

Plan Travel And Logistics Well In Advance

If you know you’re going to be travelling a lot over the Christmas period, planning your logistics well in advance will help you avoid any travel anxiety you may usually feel. Whether it’s organising who is driving where, booking trains back home or simply deciding whether or not you’ll be able to drink over the festive period - having this stuff in place before the festive season will make you feel much more organised.

Remember To Have A Good Time And Stop Putting So Much Pressure On Yourself

This is one of the most important, but also the most simply of them all. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to please everyone around you and make sure you have an incredible Christmas yourself.

What are your top tips for a stress-free Christmas? Let me know in the comment section below!

K Elizabeth xoxox

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