8 WAYS TO HELP MAKE CHRISTMAS WORK FOR YOU
1 Remember no Christmas is ever 'perfect'
2 Try not to worry about things you can’t control
3 Feel free to say ‘no’
4 Make a budget – and stick to it…
One of the biggest stresses of the season is the pressure to spend, spend, spend – but you don’t want the start of the new year to be marked by panic about the state of your bank balance. Budget your Christmas right down to the last gift tag, and stick to it. If things are tight, you can plan in advance how to get creative with your food menus and gift-giving (for example, by batch-cooking some festive chutney), and still have plenty of time to warn others that Christmas might be smaller this year.
5 Don’t throw healthy habits out of the window
6 Diarise your downtime
7 Share the load
8 Stop! Look around you
With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, don't forget to remember the important things. Make this Christmas a time that is peppered with moments of quiet. Where you sit and have a look at those around you. Where you perhaps enjoy some moments of solitude. Remember nature has restorative effects. If you can, get outside. Look above, below and around you!