Christmas Stress Relief

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year.

Here are some tips and advice to make your Christmas as stress-free as possible.

Do not let the festive season get you down; follow the tips and advice, relax and enjoy yourself.

Plan Ahead: start making a list of things you need to do for Christmas early. Try to prioritize the items on your list. Delegate the responsibility for certain tasks to other family members since this will reduce your workload.

Shop Online: Shop online from the comfort of your own home, and you will not only save time and be less stressed, but will probably save money too. Always make sure you buy from a reputable online retailers, and check that they can deliver before the big day.

Have Realistic Expectations: The best way to control stress is to control expectations. If each day has a realistic to-do list, there will be success at the end of the day, rather than failure. Keep it simple.

Slow Down: If you are feeling stressed, close your eyes and watch your breath. When multi-tasking gets out of hand, stop and refocus on mindfulness.

Enjoy some ME Time: Do not become so involved with holiday preparations that you forget to take care of yourself. Running yourself ragged completely diminishes the joy of the holidays and turns celebration into hard labor.

Christmas Cards: Start your Christmas cards early or change the tradition of mailing Christmas cards. Many people are switching the traditional Christmas card in the mail, instead using social media to send Holiday greetings, i.e. Facebook or email.

Set a Spending Budget: To help prevent stress over money, plan ahead, review your finances, and come up with a realistic budget for gifts. You can also get creative and think of gift ideas that do not involve money.

Have Fun: Focus on fun and relaxation, rather than on creating the perfect table or moment, and you will see your holiday stress melt away.

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