CAN YOU believe it is that time again? The festive season is fast approaching and it can be stressful with so much to do and so much happening. So we have put together a few tips on how you can not only survive this festive season, but really thrive this Christmas and have enough time to pamper yourself, too.
1. Write things down
First things first, to avoid feeling overwhelmed, get a notebook and a pen and start making all your lists. Write down everything you will need over the holidays and use each page for different categories. Have a gift list, a food list, a card list – and tick them off as you buy them. That way, you will easily see the progress you are making and won’t forget anybody. Create a list of the all-important food ingredients and items you will need for your Christmas dinner – and, of course, don’t forget the drinks! By having lists, it will inspire you to start preparations early and this will save those last-minute dashes to the shops.
2. Let technology help
We are now living in the technology age, so take advantage of it. There are so many bargains to be found while shopping online. Online shopping can be less stressful, as you avoid the big crowds and long queues. Plus, you can compare prices online and save some money on your shopping. So grab your tablet, phone or laptop and shop from the comfort of your sofa – with a glass of Sorrel or egg nog.
3. Declutter and tidy up
Having a good pre-holiday declutter and tidy up can make more space in your home and will help you feel more organised. Not only that, the extra space will come in handy for all those parties and family sleepovers. Plus, you will have somewhere to put all those gifts that will be arriving.
4. Make time for elderly relatives
The past 18 months or so have been tough for everyone. Make sure you set aside some time to check in on vulnerable members of your family. It will do wonders for your mood and will help spread some Christmas cheer. If you are lucky enough to still have elderly relatives, pay them a visit and do something that they enjoy. Play dominoes or cards or simply listen to them tell stories about when they were young. Tomorrow isn’t promised, and you will be glad you did. Don’t be afraid to get in the kitchen with them and do some cooking. After all, Grandpa and Grandma always have the best family recipes!
5. Stick to your budget
Whatever your budget is for spending during the festive season, make sure you stick to it. So many of us overspend at Christmas and start the new year with massive credit card bills, which causes unnecessary stress and arguments. Just imagine how great you will feel in January, when you don’t have to fear the letters from the postman and can begin your new year debt-free. It will work wonders for your bank balance and you can begin planning your new year without worrying.
6. Check your mental health
The festive season can be a difficult time for so many people. Make sure you check in on those around you who may be struggling with their mental health. Offer a helping hand and a listening ear and let them know they are not alone. Perhaps visit some mental health websites, so you are aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for if you are worried about a loved one. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling, as very often, early intervention can make all the difference to how well someone recovers.
We spend so much time working, studying and looking after our families and friends, we often forget to look after ourselves. Set aside a day during the holidays that is dedicated to just you. On this day, make sure you pamper yourself. Have a long bath, have a nap, bingewatch that Netflix series you haven’t had a chance to watch or curl up on the sofa with a good book. Whatever makes you relax, do that on your special day. You deserve it!
8. And finally… live your best life!
Dance, smile, laugh loud and enjoy cuddles with those you love and take loads of pictures to capture your memories. But most importantly, make sure you have the best festive season ever. We wishes all of our readers a very happy valentines day.