Life can be stressful, and full of pressures at any time of year…and those stresses and pressures ramp up at Christmas.
So many events to go to, gifts to buy, relatives and friends to see, elves on shelves (anyone else think they are really creepy?).
All that, and there are still only 24 hours in a day, and limited funds in the bank account.
Is it any wonder we feel stressed out and knackered by Boxing Day?
There is a different way of looking at it, though.
A few little tips:
- We all have to-do lists…how about a stop doing list? Have a think about what you really don’t enjoy doing – perhaps you do it out of a sense of obligation or habit, or something that takes up way too much time. What would happen if you stopped doing it? Or changed the way you do it? Creating a stop doing list can feel like a hassle but it’s worth pausing to think about – it can save you lots of time and stress in the long term.
- Just say no…nicely, of course. If there is an invitation you don’t have the time, money, or just lack the inclination for, politely decline. You don’t have to do everything. It’s not the end of the world.
- Remember social media is other people’s showreel. Beautifully decorated homes, creative elf on shelf ideas, etc etc. It can make the you feel inadequate, but try not to let that get to you. What we see on social media is only a very small part of a picture.
- Take time out to just be. Whether it’s enjoying a long, warm bath, a hot chocolate, sitting around in cosy onesies binge watching box sets, or going out for a walk, do it. Things at this time of year are only as hectic as we make them, so do what you want to do. Remember self-care is not selfish – you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself, too.
Do you have any tips for dealing with the stresses and pressures of the festive season?