Christmas is an amazing giving and loving time of the year. There are so many expectations that are set by people on themselves and the media on how the ideal Christmas should be.
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Things from decorating your home, which parties to go to, what to wear, who to invite, what presents to buy and the list just goes on and on. The whole month of December can get quite overwhelming in trying to fit in and keep up with all the demands. I want to share some tips with you on how you can keep your cool over the festive season.
Let Go And Do What You Want
If you are the kind of person that likes to compete with the neighbors, then try something different this Christmas. Let go of what others think and put up the decorations that you like and want. Doing something that you enjoy will add a personal touch to your festive month and give you that inner smile and joy.
Be In Control Of Your Spending
This is the month of giving and plenty of demanding from others. You do not want to get yourself into debt and send yourself into depression in January over how you will pay everything off. Be cool over this time and ‘Say No’ to people if your budget cannot stretch to their demands. People will understand more that you think.
Set Realistic Expectations
You don’t need to plan and do everything in regimental style with a minute by minute itinerary. Learn to relax this Christmas and let go of all the over planning and focus your time and energy on having fun with the people you love and want to be with.
Don’t Allow The Winter Blues To Get To You
The holidays can be a time of joy but they can also be a time of lots of stress. Don’t allow this period to get the better of you and your mind. If you begin to feel yourself getting overwhelmed then STOP! take a few deep breaths and take a walk to get some fresh air. The crisp winter air will be an amazing energy boost and will help to clear your head.
Dance The Night away
After all it is the festive season to be jolly and have fun. If you are feeling stressed or tensed then moving your body will help to loosen you up. So make sure that every opportunity you get that you are dancing the night away.
Rather than saying yes, out of obligation, to all the invites you get over this month. Be choosy and say yes only to the ones that you really want to go to and be a part of – no matter whether it is with family or with friends. Doing something that you don’t want to do will only drain your energy and reflect in your behaviour. So rather than making others feel uncomfortable – be brave and say no.
No I’m not talking about the alcohol here! You will consume quite a lot of alcohol over this month with all the parties and family gatherings. So it is important to drink lots of water to allow your body to detox and flush everything out, so that your liver can get a break as well.
Get Enough Sleep
Make sure you catch up on your sleep over this break. Our bodies need time to heal, recuperate and energize. Getting enough sleep will mean that you will be able to do all the things that you have want without needing to cancel any plans.
I know that it is a time to relax and be merry but it is important to keep to your exercise routine over this month. It will help to keep you fit and burn off all the extra calories that you will be gaining from all the eating and drinking. So mentally do not give yourself permission to have a break with this part of your life.
Take Time Out For Yourself
There can be so much to do over Christmas, from the planning, the buying, the parties and visiting family that it can be hard to fit in time for yourself. So in between Christmas and New Year, treat yourself and book in for a pamper treatment. It will be a great way to unwind and get you feeling ready for the New Year.