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5 tips to reduce Christmas Stress

Christmas stress

In the run-up to Christmas many people experience more stress than throughout the rest of the year. This is due to the heightened expectations we have of these annual festivities. Everything has to be just right, and we put ourselves under an immense amount of pressure. But what if you could have a lovely time without the Christmas stress?

Here are some ideas you could implement this year to make Christmas a lot more relaxing and fun.

My 5 top tips to reduce Christmas stress

1. Reduce expectations

If you’re expecting Christmas to be perfect you’re setting yourself up for failure. Perfection is impossible to strive for. There is always something that could be better. So, this year, decide on what you definitely want to (and are easily able to) achieve plus add a few nice to haves – if you have the time.

2. Involve others

What can be done by other people? Agreed, they might not do it as well as you (nobody can, of course!) but at least it will get done and you won’t have to do it. Are your kids old enough to write some (if not all) of the Christmas cards? Can you send an email, save paper and give some money to a charity? Can your partner decorate the tree? And on the day itself – who can do the veg and which relative can be put in charge to bring pudding? Just concentrate on the most important things you want to get right, everything else can be delegated to the “elves”.

3. Plan ahead

You might have heard the saying “failing to plan is planning to fail”. So, let’s put a plan in place for this year’s festivities. When do you want to do what? List activities for each week so it’s not all left to the last week or worse, the last couple of days before Christmas. Could you do your Christmas shop online and get it delivered?

4. Start as soon as possible

Not many people want to start their Christmas preparations in October, or even before. But you can space things out over the last 4 weeks. What can you do beforehand? Work it into your plan.

You could even do some of the meal preparations in advance. Which side dishes could you cook already and freeze? Then all you have to do is defrost and reheat on Christmas Day.

5. Set limits

Setting reasonable limits are a good idea to keep things under control. Whether that is how many Christmas cards you want to send, how many people you would like to invite or how many Christmas parties you intend to go to. You could also decide on a Christmas budget if your stress is a result of money worries – this is another useful limit to adhere to.

Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect. Movies and TV programmes paint the picture of a perfect family holiday with joy and laughter all around, the perfectly decorated house and the most amazing cooked meal ever. This is not real and just as we don’t believe fairy tales anymore, we shouldn’t believe idealistic Christmas scenarios we see in the media.

If you still cannot seem to reduce your Christmas stress, it might be a good idea to treat yourself to a hypnotherapy, reiki or guided relaxation session. Stress is our body’s response to too much stimulation from the outside. Hypnotherapy can help you deal with stress in a different way as it teaches your brain to react differently to outside influences.

My name is Samantha Culshaw Robinson and I am a clinical hypnotherapist. I have been helping people in and around Nottingham to deal with stress since 2010. If you would like to have a complimentary initial consultation, please get in touch. You can reach me by phone 075 222 777 22 or via email at sam@livewellpractice.co.uk .

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