Christmas is typically one of the most stressful events of the year. The expense of buying gifts, the pressure of last minute shopping, and the heightened expectations of family togetherness can all combine to undermine our best intentions.
Better Health Channel has gathered some practical suggestions on ways to help you reduce your ‘Christmas stress’.
A couple of our favorite tips are:
- – Save a percentage of your disposable income throughout the year to provide a nest egg for Christmas expenses (EVEN if you start in November, every little bit can help!).
- – Make a list of all the gifts and food you wish to buy and shop early.
- – Don’t expect miracles – if you and certain family members bicker all year long, you can be sure there’ll be tension at Christmas gatherings.
Remember it’s your Christmas too so try to relax and have fun, laugh and be merry. If you do find others around you difficult then try to rise above the situation. If things don’t go to plan try not to worry too much, instead laugh about them and make them into fun memories that you can talk about during Christmases to come. “Remember that time Mum set fire to the sprouts!“.
Have a great, stress-free, Christmas break!
To read more about ways to survive the “silly season” stress free click here – https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/christmas-tips-to-reduce-the-stress