The festive season is well upon us and whether you are looking forward to a Christmas at home with family or if you are going away to visit relatives, you want to have the best time possible. It is often one of the busiest times of year and as such can soon become manic and stressful which no one wants. With a jam-packed schedule and a host of people to see and things to do, you want to ensure it’s as stress-free as possible. Here we have put together some of our top tips to ensure a relaxing holiday season that you and the family can all enjoy.
Get your gifts sorted and wrapped well in advance
One of the most stressful parts of the festive season is ensuring you have all your gifts ready for family and friends. Not only can the costs rack up, but it can be a nightmare trying to find everything, particularly if left until the last minute. To avoid this, try and get it sorted well in advance, buying bits as you see them rather than waiting until a few days before the big day. Once you have purchased them, wrap them and put them in a safe place. It’s a good idea to keep a list of the items you’ve purchased and who they’re for so you can keep track and don’t end up missing anyone out.
Give yourself some downtime
Christmas is a very busy time of year and you can find it gets overwhelming with going here, there and everywhere to see family and friends. While this is all well and good, you do also need to pencil in some downtime to stop it from getting stressful. Set a day where you just chill in your pyjamas and watch Christmas films with a load of snacks and a duvet. This is a failsafe way to recharge and make you feel festive! You could also do something such as go for a walk around your local park, or just find time to have a bath and relax with a book and cup of coffee. It’s these small moments that you need during the festive season that will help you feel a lot more like yourself.
Have a deep clean of your house ahead of the big day
As we approach the new year, it’s a great time to sort through your home and get rid of any mess and clutter that has built up. It also enables you to make room for anything that you might get gifted on Christmas day. This is particularly true if you have children as they are likely to get big presents and gifts that can take up a lot of space. Have them get rid of their old toys they don’t play with anymore – perhaps donate them to a local charity shop? Not only will your house feel a lot better, but you’re doing something good for others too and giving those toys and items a new home. Having a deep clean also means that once your decorations come down after Christmas, the house feels a lot more tidy and doesn’t need such a big tidy job done in one day. Be careful when tidying as you can damage your back, particularly if it’s already been injured in the past. If you injured yourself at work or someone out and about that wasn’t your fault, make sure to claim the compensation for back pain that you deserve.
Make a list of things you want to do
The Christmas season can pass by very quickly and you might find you don’t get to do everything that you want to. With the kids off school, some time off work and plenty of events going on, why not make a list of things you want to do to ensure nothing is missed? Whether it’s visiting a Christmas market, going wine or cheese tasting or looking at the Christmas lights, there are so many things to do this time of year. Some activities might require booking in advance, so ensure you get this sorted.
These are just a few things you can do that can help you to have a stress-free festive season. The Christmas period is one of the busiest yet fun times of the year, however, taking steps to be prepared can be less stressful and manic. What are some top tips you have for ensuring a stress-free festive season? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!