For some reason, the run up to Christmas seems to be the most stressful time of the year. I've spent a lot of time working out why this is and have decided it's because, in the times when we'd normally be sitting down for a rest, in December we have to rush out to buy presents or food or organise social events.
There are some things you can do to help yourselves through this and make December more of a pleasure than a pain.
No.1 is to not believe the hype! You don't have to give in to buying expensive or multiple presents. I know it's hard to resist and sometimes it's actually easier to just click on the first suitable thing you see but writing a short list and sticking to it can help you avoid those impulse buys.
No.2 is to look after yourself first! If you don't do this then everything else falls apart. If you are stressed, anxious and feeling you can't cope then those emotions will not only make it hard for you but also difficult for everyone else. You won't feel able to prepare properly for the visits of family and friends, won't feel good about how you look or about what you've achieved. Make sure you delegate and don't try to do it all yourself.
No 3 is to take your time. Yes, I know there's a looming deadline but if there's no stuffing, cranberry sauce or bread & butter pudding then it's not the end of the world and most people won't mind. Make a priorities list and don't put everything at the top! Work out, in a moment of calm, what really needs to be done first then work your way through steadily and slowly to the least important.
There are ways we here at Albany Street can help you too. Come in for a lovely hot stones massage, get your nails done before a Christmas party, have some acupuncture to help you relax or some hypnotherapy to help you deal with stress. You can also buy vouchers from us for any of our treatments - if that doesn't make Christmas present buying easy then I don't know what will!