When you think back on the Christmas holidays, you likely remember the nice bits. Mulled wine, massive piles of delicious food, and time spent with your family and friends.
What we often forget is how stressful Christmas can get.
From finding out that no one’s sorted out Christmas dinner to last minute Christmas shopping, it can become tense and stressful at the drop of a hat.
So, we decided to give some easy tips to help you have a stress-free Christmas this year.
How to Be Stress Free during the Christmas Holidays
1. Book any restaurants now
If you intend on going out to eat at all over the Christmas period, then you should book a table the second you’re done reading this.
While we often forget this by the time Christmas comes around each year, the reality is that restaurants get booked up months in advance around the late December period, often leading to disappointments.
If you’re getting a turkey or other traditional bird from your local butcher, it’s also a good idea to see if you can reserve one.
Good places will be in high demand, and you don’t want to be dashing from supermarket to supermarket at the last minute, only to find out that literally everything has already sold.
2. Do your shopping early
Christmas shopping often ends up being one of the most stressful parts of the whole holiday. You promise yourself it’ll be different the next year, but then it ends up being the usual mad dash, spending far more money than you’d originally intended.
This year, break that trend and get it done early. Set yourself a deadline, and a budget, and actually stick to them both.
If you need help with accountability, make a shopping friend – you don’t have to do it together, but tell each other about your plans, and then remind each other of your intentions.
3. Shop in the right places
Part of what makes Christmas shopping so difficult and prolonged is that we often look in the wrong places. While it can be lovely to check out the highstreet, it turns into a bit of a circus around Christmas. The crowds of jostling shoppers can be overwhelming, and chances are all the good stuff is already taken.
This year, why not take a look at some online personalised gift stores.
They have handy little sections that can help you find personalised Christmas gifts for your Mum, Dad or anyone else for that matter. When you find a suitable item, you can then have a little message inscribed, to make it the perfect custom gift.
4. Go for walks
If you find yourself getting stressed, step outside and go for a walk. It’s a lovely way to spend December afternoons, and it’s a great way of getting some time alone or catching up with a friend. Those post walk winter pints, sat in front of the fire, are also some of the best drinks you’ll ever have.
If you find it all getting too much, step back for a second and put things into perspective. At the end of the day, Christmas is just any other time of year – prioritise seeing friends and family, and the good times will come.
What will you do to keep Christmas a stress free holiday this year?
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