To ensure a stress-free Christmas this year, we’ve compiled some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy the festive season without feeling overwhelmed..
Take a page from Santa’s playbook and create separate lists for presents, food, and cleaning. Checking off tasks as you complete them will provide a sense of accomplishment and help keep stress levels in check.
We know that Christmas comes the same time every year, yet we always seem to leave things to last minute. Plan out what needs doing and when it needs doing by and we and guarantee this will help you have a stress-free Christmas. If you want to be more organised for next year, why not think about saving with PCCU’s Christmas Club? Save as much or as little as you like throughout the year, and withdrawals can only be made through November and December.
Start Christmas shopping early
There are some Christmas things that can be bought early and stored away until nearer the day. Pick up tubs of chocolate, cranberry sauce, and crackers in with your weekly shop, helping you to spread the cost and be more prepared. There is less chance on them being out of stock and missing out on them too.
Set a budget
Everyone is guilty of doing of overspending at Christmas, but this can cause your stress levels to rise. Make a budget for the festive period, then break it down further into a present budget, food budget etc. Try to make sure the budget is a realistic one that you can afford to stick too.
Do a bit at a time
Rather than attempting to complete all your Christmas shopping in a single day, break tasks into manageable chunks. This approach can make the process less overwhelming and more enjoyable.
Ask for help
We know this is easier said than done, but many people feel stressed thinking they have to do it all by themselves. Ask your partner or your family members for help, even if it’s just making tea while you do something else.
Get outside and take a winter walk
A great way to make this a stress-free Christmas it to get out in the fresh air and take a walk. Go outdoors and enjoy some time away from the present wrapping, tree decorating and cookie baking duties that need doing.
Make time to relax
With all the rushing around that comes with the festive season, make sure to take time out and relax. Choose an activity that you enjoy and take some time out for yourself. It could be watching a film, a long soak in the bath or listening to some music.
Get some sleep
It can be easy to burn the candle at both ends to make sure everything is done. Bedtime schedules seem to go out of window at Christmas with the extra late nights and early starts (thanks to the little ones) that getting a good night sleep seems to be forgotten about.
Remember Christmas is for you too.
Embrace the imperfections and enjoy Christmas in your own way. It doesn’t have to mirror a TV ad to be perfect. Laugh, eat, and be merry with your loved ones, cherishing the moments that make the day special for you.