Christmas can be a hugely busy time and it’s so easy to find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Add that to normal daily life and it can be a real struggle to get everything done. There are a few things that you can do to ease the pressure so today I’m sharing with you some top tips for surviving the holidays.
If I’m honest I’ve not been feeling in the Christmas spirit as much as usual this year, much to my husband’s enjoyment as he dislikes Christmas immensely; it’s like having our own personal Grinch. I’m usually all done and dusted with my Christmas shopping by the end of November. This year I had barely scratched the surface other than a few items bought earlier in the year.
At times I think I could happily sleep through Christmas, our drown my worries in alcohol. Seriously though, I’m not planning on becoming an alcoholic by the time 2018 rolls around and I really don’t want to miss out on the kids opening their presents, so what’s a busy mum to do.
Don’t Take on Too Much
It’s very tempting to say yes to everything that comes your way during the Christmas period. However, if you add that to your already busy schedule you will quickly become overwhelmed with everything. So what if the kids haven’t seen Santa and been to a pantomime and travelled on the Polar Express. Don’t feel guilty about it. At the end of the day they can become overwhelmed too.
Decide on what events are top of your priority list and then, if you have time, add in a few more. Everyone is in a similar situation so hopefully, they will understand your predicament.
Take Time for Yourself
As mums we spend most of our time running around after family along with our own obligations. At Christmas the duties increase as we pull together an shepherd costume while picking up bits for the latest party. All these obligations can mean we forget to take time for ourselves to enjoy the season.
It’s essential to take a little time to get into the festive spirit. It could simply be sneaking off to grab a festive latte or curling up with a Christmas book. I highly recommend A Rock and Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson. Whatever you decide to do remember that you need to enjoy the season too.
This is usually my forte and my plans begin as soon as the Christmas tree is packed away. Whether you are hosting Christmas dinner or going away for Christmas, having good plans in place will help you keep on top of everything.
If you can do something beforehand, then do it. Print out an tickets/reservations; pick up things you will need during your weekly shop; do you cooking/baking in advance.
Don’t set your sights too high when it comes to your goals. You may want to make a gingerbread house from scratch with the kids, but will they be too disappointed if you bought a pack all ready to put together. You can’t do everything and if you’re working as well as trying to make Christmas happen, then you need to cut yourself some slack.
Not everyone will be as busy as you over the holiday period, and many may be more than willing to help out if asked. You could ask people to bring a dish with them for dinner or simply pick up some items from the supermarket; whatever it is, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you find yourself struggling.
So there we have 5 top tips for surviving the holidays and making it through the Christmas festivities. Let me know in the comments if you have any tried and tested tips, I’d love to hear from you.