As much as the Christmas and New Year holidays are full of good spirits and cheer, they’re also a time of immense stress for quite a lot of us. Trying to figure out which gifts to buy, dealing with irritating family members, and attempting to get everything sorted before the end of the year make for one heck of a headache! To help you keep calm and relaxed these holidays, we’ve put together some helpful tips for keeping your zen.
Don’t strive for perfection
No matter how much you plan and prepare, life will always throw you curveballs, particularly around such a busy and social season. It’s great that we want the best for our friends and family, but sometimes this can lead to us feeling anxious and stressed trying to make it perfect - and when things go wrong, it feels all the more disastrous. This year, try to take a step back and relax, and just go with the flow. Besides, no one will even know that you forgot to make that salad or clean the window sills.
Be more thoughtful
As much as Christmas is a time for giving, it’s also become somewhat of a competition to see who can give the best gift. This causes a lot of stress, on both your mind and your finances, so this year, strive to be more thoughtful with your gifts as opposed to spending a lot of money. Perhaps you might like to get a voucher for a pottery class for your mum instead of buying her an expensive vase. Or maybe your kids would benefit more from an outdoor cricket set than that new video game.
Have an ‘escape plan’
It can be quite a high stress environment when all of the family gets together - there’s always one or two people that like to stir a bit of drama. If you feel you need some time to yourself and you can’t just up and leave, have a plan in place to get a quick 10 or 15 minutes to take a breath. You could excuse yourself to walk the dog or pick up some more bread at the shops - whatever it is, getting away from the drama and high energy space will be good for your zen.
Be socially selective
No doubt you’ll have plenty of invites to social gatherings, whether they’re for work, a friend’s party, or your children’s prizegivings. As much as you’ll want to attend all of them, to save yourself some stress and actually give yourself a break, you’ll need to be selective about which ones you do attend. Maybe the prizegiving should be the one you attend, but perhaps your avid party-going friend’s ‘casual drinks’ might be one you miss this year.
If you’ve been out and about lately, you’ll know exactly how chaotic all of the malls and shopping centres are right now. The best thing to do to avoid stress is to shop online - again, you don’t need to be spending a lot, and at least you can check out whether they’re cheaper somewhere else without hiking all the way across a bustling mall. Once you’ve sorted everything online, all you need to do is wait for your packages to arrive. If you don’t have time to wrap the gifts, see if the online store will also throw that in for you too!
If you’re stressing out and feeling a bit behind everything this year, just remember what this season is all about - spending time with friends and family, yes, but also giving yourself a well-deserved break.
And if you are stressing about finding some thoughtful, unique gifts, you can always check out our online store from the comfort of your own home.
Have a zen Christmas everyone!