Simple Ways To Reduce Stress During The Festive Period

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Christmas is a magical time of year, but it’s also one of the busiest, and all of the rushing around that you have to do is going to take its toll and is going to cause you a lot of stress. There is a lot of gifts and food to be bought, you need to figure out who you’re going to stay with, how you’re going to get there, and so much more. No one wants to be stressed when you’re supposed to be having fun, so it’s important to take action to reduce this stress. Here are some ways that you can do this.
1. Prioritize Your Needs & Wants

There is a lot to do during the festive period, so you need to some up with come sort of plan. Start by writing down everything that needs to be done during this time, including general Christmas responsibilities like buying gifts, wrapping presents, buying and cooking food, visiting family members, as well as any Christmas parties or meals that you can’t skip. Plan when you’re going to get each of these done and do them on the day. Don’t procrastinate. You should also make a list of things that you want to do but doesn’t matter as much if you can’t get it done. This includes watching your favourite Christmas film or baking a gingerbread house. Figure out which ones of these you want to do the most, and work down the list, doing one whenever you have a few spare hours. 
2. Plan Downtime

While a schedule is helpful, if you pack too much in, you’re only going to make yourself more stressed, as you’ll be trying to do everything all at once, and do nothing well. Leave spaces in your plans and schedule, to leave you some time to relax, or do whatever you feel like doing at the moment. You may even want to leave some of your “wants” off your schedule, and then do whichever you fancy when you have some time. 
3. Take Care Of Medication

With all of the craziness going on, it would be no surprise if you forgot to take important medication, or even took extra because you'd forgotten that you’d taken it earlier on. This is risky, and it’s a risk that is going to cause you a large amount of stress. Medication in blister packs can help you remember to take your medication, as can dosette boxes. These mean that you’ll know immediately whether or not you have taken your medication, and can reduce the stress of you trying to remember everything you’ve been up to.
4. Make Chores Fun

There’s a lot that needs to be done during winter that is less than enjoyable. If you’re having relatives over, then you are going to want to clean your house from top to bottom, which isn’t very fun, and certainly isn’t festive. To make this chore a little more entertaining, you could pop on a playlist of Christmas songs, and dance while you work. Wrapping all of your gifts can also get pretty tedious, especially if you’re not very good at it. Luckily, there is a lot that you can do to make this a little more fun; You could whack on your Christmas playlist, put on your favourite Christmas film, and tick off one of your “wants”, or even listen to an audiobook or a podcast. Anything that you deem boring can be made fun with a little imagination, so think outside of the box if you want to reduce your stress. 
5. Make A Travel Itinerary

If you’re travelling to visit relatives during the festive period, or even have relatives travelling to visit you, then it makes sense to make a travel itinerary. Write on this itinerary what time you/they are travelling, where exactly you/they’re travelling to, who is picking up who, and at what time. You can then send this to everyone that needs it, meaning that everyone knows where they are meant to be and at what time. This simple act of communication can help to reduce the stress and anxiety of everyone involved. If you wanted to take it a step further, you could even plan out their/your stay, and state where you’re going to go and when so that everyone knows the plan.
6. Get Plenty Of Sleep

Christmas is an incredibly busy time of year, but it’s not one that you should be losing sleep over. Avoid staying up until all hours of the morning wrapping gifts or cooking food, as this will only mean that you will be incredibly cranky and stressed the next day, which is going to make it hard for you to embrace the festive spirit. Instead, use your plan wisely, and write down a regular bedtime eat night, so that you’re getting enough sleep. Although it’s recommended for you to sleep between seven and nine hours a night, this might not always be possible, but you should try to get six hours at a minimum, even on Christmas Eve.
7. Let Go Of The Small Stuff

Unfortunately, even at Christmas, you’re not going to be able to get everything done that you want or need to. You are only one person after all. You may have said that you would bring vanilla ice cream for the Christmas dinner, but when you have one hundred and one other things on your plate, your loved ones aren’t going to mind if you forget. The easiest way to reduce stress during the festive period is to try not to let things get to you as much. Don’t set your expectations too high, and instead enjoy what you're doing right now.
Christmas is all about having fun, spending time with your loved ones, and eating ridiculous amounts of delicious food. Before you can get to this moment though, there is a lot that needs to be done, which can cause you lot’s of stress, but only if you let it. These tips should help you to reduce your stress levels, meaning that your Christmas truly is a magical one.

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