Christmas can be pretty stressful. From a long to-do list to busy parties, there is a lot to do in the Holiday season. I've complied a list of tips to avoid stress during the festivities and how to make sure you're feeling happy and healthy, ready for all the fun!
1. Plan Ahead
There is a long list of things to do in time for Christmas. Whether you're preparing the Christmas Dinner or just making sure you've got everything on everyone's list, the to-do list can feel overwhelming. The best thing to do is to make sure you're fully ready by planning in advanced. There are plenty of fun ways to plan, like Pinterest boards or getting a brand new notebook specially for the season. Making lists is always helpful and it's super satisfying being able to check everything off.
Volunteering during the festive season can be very rewarding and is a great way to meet new people and try new things. You can find local opportunities on websites like https://do-it.org , as well as checking out particular charities you're interested in. If you don't have enough time to volunteer, there are plenty of other ways to help out. From creating mini animal homes in you're garden to making and selling crafts to raise money, there's lots you can do to this Christmas to help someone in need.
3. Keep Active and Eat Healthy
Although, we'd all much rather eat all the festive treats on offer in December. It's probably not the best idea for your health to binge on Christmas-themed goodies. While it is important to treat-your-self, remember that you need a balanced diet in order to keep you healthy. Keeping active will allow you to
get some fresh air, which will make you feel a lot less stuffy and can help reduce the chances of you feeling under-the-weather. You shouldn't feel pressured to keep up a rigid schedule over Christmas, but doing small things like dog-walking and shopping can help get you out of the house and into the fresh-air.
It's important to not lose touch while celebrating. A lot of people may be returning home for the holidays, which might mean losing contact with their friends or colleagues. If you have group chats, make sure to keep active on them as much as you can. Organise to meet up with friends you might not have seen in a while, maybe even through Skype or Face Time if they live far away.
5. Drink (Alcohol) in Moderation
According to Drink Aware, Brits consume around 40% more alcohol during the holidays. By reducing you're alcohol intake, you can stay more aware and definitely feel better the next day. Trying interesting non-alcoholic drinks like mocktails or botanical flavoured drinks, can be a refreshing break from all that booze.