With Christmas often comes the heady mix of high expectations and the stress of family gatherings. If you tend to find yourself feeling overwhelmed at Christmas and ending the night with a sense of disappointment, it might be time to make a change.
Our tips below are designed to reduce the pressure and stress Christmas can often bring, and should hopefully help you to not be disappointed this Christmas:
1. Identify the most important thing about Christmas for you. Whether it’s religion and spirituality, family and friends, or rest and relaxation, try to focus on the one thing about Christmas that makes all the rest of it worthwhile.
2. Focus on one thing for Christmas prep. Instead of trying to do it all, try to assign the various Christmas chores (from decorations and food to linens and party supplies) to each member of the household.
3. Don’t expect perfection. With the rush of getting so many things done in such a short amount of time, things inevitably go wrong. Whether it’s having to skip an essential trip to the store to due bad weather or getting distracted and overcooking the turkey, when things go wrong try to focus instead on what you’ve managed to accomplish.
4. Cut back. Christmas only comes once a year so it can be tempting to try and cram everything you want for your perfect Christmas into those few days. Try to identify ways you can cut back on your chores, commitments or errands to give you peace of mind.
5. Be grateful. Whatever happens, remember to be grateful for all the things you have in your life that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling.
On the weeks running up to Christmas, write down one thing you’re grateful for each day and put it in a jar. Whenever you’re feeling disappointed or stressed during the Christmas period, open up the jar and read out something you’ve written.
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