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11 Tips to Ensure that Christmas Doesn't Stress You Out

In the following article, we'll offer some ideas so that Christmas doesn't stress you out and you can enjoy the holidays in the best possible way. Don't miss it!
11 Tips to Ensure that Christmas Doesn't Stress You Out

Last update: 17 December, 2021

There are only a few days left until the Christmas rush takes hold of us. The presents, the food, the get-togethers, the tree… Everything can generate nerves, anxiety, and a bad mood, even in those who have the greatest Christmas spirit.

In the following article, we’ll give some tips so that Christmas doesn’t stress you out and you can enjoy these days in the best possible way. You can do it!

Make sure stress doesn’t take away from the joy of Christmas

This should be the case in any situation and time of the year. However, in this case, we’ll take a closer look at Christmas.

For the past few days, you’ve probably been out and about buying things, thinking about the menu, and seeing how you can fit all the celebrations into your busy schedule. That’s why there’s no better time to learn some tips to make it less stressful. Let’s take a look!

1. Take care of your health

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First, you need to think about your mental, emotional, and physical health. Take care of what is going on inside you while fulfilling your obligations.

Every day before going to sleep, analyze how you feel and how you can feel better. Do breathing exercises, meditate, or simply rest for an extra hour.

2. Organize everything ahead of time

One of the keys so that December 24th doesn’t arrive and you haven’t slept for three days is to plan ahead.

Have you already decided which parties you need to attend? What’s the menu you should prepare, or what do you have to take care of? Is it necessary to make any redistribution at your home to receive visitors?

Several days before the holidays, take a few minutes to make a list of what you need and execute it slowly but surely, but ahead of time.

3. Don’t take on all the responsibility

Being the hostess at Christmas doesn’t mean you’re the only one working. Ask others to help so that everyone is in charge of something in particular.

For example, your mother can bring the starter, your sister can bring the dessert, and your sister-in-law can be in charge of drinks. Meanwhile, the rest of your guests can help clean up, put up the tree, and tidy up the room.

4. Avoid too much innovation

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Christmas is synonymous with traditions that are repeated. This can be a bit boring if you’re one of those who prefer originality at every step.

However, you should think that the more difficult the dish you want to prepare, the more stressed and nervous or worried you will be that day.

If you’re going to have many guests at home, we recommend that you don’t innovate too much in the kitchen. You don’t know how many people will like the menu or if it will be good for you. It’s better to have just a few different things and leave the rest the tried and true old-fashioned way.

5. Take your Christmas list everywhere

Not just the shopping list for your Christmas dinner, but also the list of gifts for all the relatives, and even the extras you need to buy before the holidays.

Don’t wait until the last day. For example, when you’re on your way to work, maybe you can get some of what you wrote down. Crossing things off the list will make you feel great and less stressed!

Also, don’t make the mistake of making a list of a thousand items because you won’t be able to accomplish everything. That will make you feel disappointed, frustrated, and in a bad mood.

6. Avoid confrontations

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“It happens in the best families,” as they say. There are often problems from the past or things that have been left on the back burner.

However, it’s a good idea if all of this could be forgotten or forgiven during Christmas.

Having to get together with people we probably see very few times a year shouldn’t be a burden, but something to be grateful for. During the dinner or preparations being as open as possible and avoiding unnecessary fights is an excellent way to have a wonderful time.

Avoid bringing up old problems or talking about certain sensitive topics at the table.

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7. Turn on the lights at special times

Here, we’re talking about the tree and the decorations you’ve chosen for the holidays.

Energy consumption at this time of year tends to increase a lot due to all the decorations. To avoid this, you can turn on the lights only at night while awake or when visitors arrive.

8. Buy seasonal products

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Traditions sometimes “force” us to spend a lot of money on food brought from thousands of miles away, or even food that has nothing to do with the time of year.

For example, many families consume high-calorie desserts typical of winter in the southern hemisphere. Buying local and seasonal will ensure better quality and less pollution.

9. Do group gifts

Thinking about gifts for each family member can be a real problem.

We don’t always know for sure what everyone likes and, in addition, it takes us much more time to buy.

The best way to avoid this is to buy “general” things. Even if they’re the same for everyone, you can divide by age or gender, for example. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll be saving money by buying products in bulk!

A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 62% of people have a high-stress level because of holiday spending. Adjusting your budget – starting with gifts – can reduce tension.

10. Avoid binge eating

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We eat and drink too much between end-of-year farewells, toasts at work, and Christmas and New Year’s parties. This can lead to stomach problems, hangovers, weight gain, etc.

While one day of excess isn’t harmful, the problem with Christmas is that it’s usually too many days. What if instead of filling your stomach with the food, you try a little bit of each dish to make everyone look good?

Meanwhile, dietitians at Columbia University recommend eating healthy, light meals when you’re at home and cutting back on the portion sizes of holiday meals.

11. Enjoy the season

Finally, make sure the myriad of pre-Christmas tasks don’t cause you to lose focus. These are celebrations to be with family, to enjoy the season, and, above all, to be at peace.

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