Christmas shopping, gift-wrapping, parties, lunches, and family events – it feels like the list of things to do before December 25th is endless! Keep your cool this Christmas by learning how to control stress and anxiety – here’s how to make it through the Christmas holidays without combusting.
Done is better than perfect
We all want to impress family and friends with the perfect gift, baked ham or family outing. However, striving for perfection results in unnecessary stress and anxiety, which isn’t health for anybody. Let go of the notion that everything has to be perfect and focus on enjoying the process rather than the outcome.
When you feel yourself become overwhelmed by emotion and anxiety, just pause for 5 minutes and practice some slow deep breaths. This will turn off the ‘fight or flight’ reactions you may be feeling and help activate the parasympathetic or ‘rest and digest’ nervous system in your body. Chances are you won’t over react and will keep your cool.
Get out, get moving
It can be easy to let your workout routine fall by the wayside in favour of looking after the kids, but staying active is the best stress buster around. It doesn’t need to be a long strenuous workout, just something to keep you active and feeling good, like a family stroll around the block to see the Christmas lights.
Make friends with online shopping
Avoid the shops and associated child tantrums altogether by doing your shopping online and having it delivered to your door.
You don’t need to do everything yourself. Take one task that drives you crazy during the holidays and tackle it in a new way. A fresh approach just might make a difference. for example, get your kids to do simple things daily like tidy up after each meal and unstack the dish washer.
Don’t forget to laugh
As you prepare the christmas pudding or decorate the tree with your kids, savor the moment and laugh! Give yourself permission to forget about all those tasks still left on your to-do list.