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How to avoid festive stress!

Whether you love Christmas, aren’t too keen, or fall somewhere in between, some moments can be quite stressful. Here are some helpful ideas to get you through the Christmas season.

December 10, 2020

Don’t break the bank

  • Christmas can be costly, so if you have a large circle of extended family or friends, suggest only buying gifts for the children.
  • Have a Kris Kringle where everyone draws one name out of a hat and only buys a gift for that person.
  • Set a limit on the cost of presents for each person.
  • Have a pre-loved Christmas, where everyone buys something from a charity shop. It will save money and help a good cause.
  • Remember, presents don’t have to cost money – you can also give a voucher for your time (such as doing some gardening or cleaning) or you could make some yummy treats.
  • Give someone a book you really enjoyed reading.

Christmas lunch – keep it simple

  • Remember – you don’t have to do everything yourself! If you are cooking lunch at home, delegate tasks.
  • Consider keeping it simple – such as lunch where everybody brings a platter.
  • Have a family get-together for breakfast for a change – then you’ll have the rest of the day to relax.

Stay healthy!

  • Get enough sleep – a couple of early nights can make a world of difference to your energy levels.
  • It’s a season of eating and drinking but try not to overdo it.
  • Keep up your regular exercise routine.

And remember: Try not to get caught up in the Christmas frenzy! Get others to help and don’t be afraid to say no.

5 Christmas timesavers

  1. Do your food shopping online and have everything delivered to your door. You’ll also avoid those impulse buys that you don’t really need!
  2. Take a few shortcuts and use ready-made items where available – such as salads, pastry shells or meringues.
  3. Keep dishes simple; make an antipasti platter with sliced, cured meats and cheese – no cooking required!
  4. If you’re planning some Christmas baking, pre-measure all your ingredients into containers so they are ready to go when you are.
  5. Get someone else to clean your house!

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