How To Have A Stress-Free Christmas


The festive season is a special time of year when we come together to eat, drink and be merry. Unfortunately, the reality isn’t so idyllic. Once we leave home and have families of our own, the burden falls on us to buy the gifts, decorate the home, and host Christmas dinner. 

I know firsthand, when it comes to entertaining, all of this comes with its own unique set of problems and stresses. Lucky for you, I have created a few suggestions. Follow these steps to navigate the holidays and emerge happily and refreshed.

Make A Big List
Often anxiety occurs when things are whizzing around our head. Writing them down can help as it takes them out of your head and onto paper. So no more lying awake at night thinking about all the things you’ve forgotten.

If big lists feel too daunting, break this down into smaller manageable chunks and schedule tasks for specific days.

You don’t have to do everything yourself, nor should you. If there are other people who could help, delegate tasks to them. It’s only fair that everyone mucks in. Even kids can do their part by helping with decorations, tidying, etc.

Take Time Out
As Christmas gets closer, it seems like there’s always something else to do. So, no matter how busy it gets, it’s important to take some time for yourself. Do the things that you enjoy such as:

  • Sitting back and enjoying the Christmas tree lights with a cup of chai or a latte
  • Going to a carol concert
  • Going for a walk on a cold, bright morning
  • Having a lie in to rest up
  • Watching cheesy Christmas films
  • Meeting up with friends and going to a Christmas market

Take Care

It’s also important to take care of yourself at this time of year. We all tend to overindulge a little. If you can’t enjoy a few treats at Christmas, when can you enjoy them? And as we come into contact with more people, we’re prone to winter bugs. Make sure you eat healthily in between treats and opt for foods that boost your immune system. Stay active, even if you don’t stick to your exercise regime religiously. A little is better than nothing at all.

When things escalate, and it becomes too much, try some simple meditation techniques to clear your mind and help you feel calmer.

Keep Out Of Family Feuds

In theory, it’s great to gather together your family and spend time together at Christmas. However, it isn’t without its problems. Old grudges rise to the surface and personalities clash, especially after a few drinks. Do your best to stay out of family arguments. There are several steps you can take to help with this.

  • Remove yourself from the situation by positioning yourself elsewhere
  • Steer conversations away from problematic subjects
  • If others try to draw you in, be firm and tell them that it’s not the time or place to discuss it
  • Make light of things if possible, and try to laugh it off

Christmas comes but once a year, and it only lasts a few days. Make those days as merry and joyful as possible by taking steps to beat the stress.

I do hope this helps you to have an anti-stress holiday!