The last week before Christmas is generally when our stress levels expand. Relatives visit unexpectedly, food shopping becomes a grab what ypu can market, and there is a whole lot of wrapping and last-minute gift buying to be done. For those of us who do not boast organisational skills.
Fear not however, as we have put together our top tips to help you stay relaxed in the run up to one of the busiest times of the year.
Become the queen of lists
Whether it’s a shopping list, a to-do list or a presents-to-wrap list, just get everything down on paper. This will help you to prioritise and although seeing everything written out may be overwhelming to begin with, there is nothing more satisfying than crossing it off once you have done it.
Saying no is okay
There is a whole lot of socialising that goes on over Christmas and let’s be honest, not everything we want to attend. Know that it is okay to say no. Prioritise which gatherings and parties are most worthwhile. It’s impossible to say yes to all without getting frazzled and dealing with a huge dent in your bank balance.
It’s a well-known fact that exercise helps to reduce stress levels. We are not necessarily talking about any HIT workouts and pilate classes. We understand that your schedule is busy enough the last week before Christmas. But try to get outside and walk the dogs or persuade the family to go on a bike-ride. Getting yourself moving will help to release those endorphins.
Ask for help
As much as we would love to be super-woman, sometimes it just isn’t do-able. We need to accept help from our nearest and dearest. Ask your partner to share the chores with you or even get the kids involved. It will take half the time and may well turn out to be fun in the process! Many bonding experiences can be made through the humour of attempting to wrap well.
Make a schedule
I am a huge believer in putting pen to paper and planning everything out. In the next week, make a day-by-day schedule so that you can get on top of everything. Things like ‘defrost the turkey, set the table and deliver the presents’ should all be on there. Just don’t forget to schedule in some me time too.
If you can’t treat yourself over Christmas, then when can you? Go for a manicure, book in for a massage or just indulge yourself in your favourite glass of wine. Reward yourself for all of the hard work you have done and begin to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! Despite the stress, the last week before Christmas should be merry.