5 ways to survive the Festive Season

It is the time of year where we are running around doing last minute Christmas shopping, finishing off the final projects at work and feeling the stress build hour after hour.

To help you manage your stress levels and enjoy this Christmas we have 5 ways that will help you to survive the festive season.

Be Organised

Being organised around Christmas time is the key to a happy and calm festive season.

Some easy ways that can help you to be organised are:

  • Wrapping your gifts as you purchase them

  • Plan your Christmas Day menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Start your shopping now to beat the last-minute rush in the stores

  • Write your food, presents and to-do lists

  • Have a calendar to mark all important December events so you will not miss a thing

Shop Locally

Each town or city, no matter how small or big, has amazing local stores with beautiful gifts for everyone you need to buy for. Shopping locally is not only helping these small businesses have a fantastic Christmas but it also saves you time, allowing you to head down on your lunch break or after work to pick out your presents.

Keep Active and Stay Hydrated

Over indulging on food and drinks is just a part of Christmas but you can still stay active and hydrated through the month of December so your New Year’s resolutions to get fit and eat healthy in January don’t feel so impossible.

Take a walk each day with the dog or with your friends at lunch or after work (with a bottle of water) will have you feeling energised, fresh and ready to take on the rest of December and of course the feasts!

Use a Budget

To avoid overspending this Christmas create a budget for presents, decorations and food. By using a budget you will effectively tick off everything on your lists that you need and want to buy for friends & family and finish off the month is a financial position you will be happy to start the new year with.

Ask the Family to Help

Ask your family, whether it be your kids (living at home or not), your partner or even close friends to help you with tasks, shopping and meal preparations can make a big difference to your stress levels and overall happiness about Christmas.

Everyone should be able to enjoy the festive season so take into consideration the above ways to help you so you can have fun, laugh with friends and family and have a fantastic Christmas.

Cristy Houghton