Hang onto your stress levels love it or hate it, it’s getting towards that time of year again! But keep calm I have the antidote, read on….
Christmas is the time of year we should traditionally be kicking off our shoes and making merry. However it can be been one of the top life issues people find stressful. But whilst it can be a time of added pressure, with a little bit of preparation there is no reason why this Christmas day can’t be a much more relaxed affair. Ahh breathe and sigh. As a personal life coach, at this time of year I am regularly asked for tips and advice for the big day. There are many ways to resolve those Christmas concerns amicably, so here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Q I have a large family to cook for it’s great to get together at Christmas but it’s always me who does the cooking. I love the whole experience as the house bursts at the seams. But how do I sneak in a bit of me time and have enough energy left over to enjoy the festivities myself?
A Give family plenty of warning this year, making it clear you are happy to contribute as always but you won’t be providing the whole meal. Explain it would be much more fun having a ‘bring and share’ lunch where everyone prepares something then share the responsibility of cooking it together. That way you will feel more relaxed and the whole family can be involved.
Q I love buying presents but know I can be overly generous at times. How I can I save myself a huge credit card bill headache for January?
A One of the key things to do is set a budget and stick to it despite being tempted to spend more. Regardless of how much money you earn or how little time you have, there is something quite creative about making your own gifts. Jars of homemade mincemeat decorated with red ribbons or homemade decorations – even a mini hamper of homemade goodies is a real treat for friends. Keep in mind that Christmas is about the joy of giving, not how much you can spend. So don’t give into that kind of pressure.
Q My partner and I regularly argue over Christmas but this year I just want a peaceful time. How do we avoid having the same old shouting match?
A Added pressure from family time can make things get heated and emotions begin to take over. Agree with each other that if one or both of you are beginning to get hot under the collar have a code work like “Snow” for example. So when one of you says your code word that’s the cue to stop before it gets any further. Then have a good laugh about it.
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