How To Survive Christmas – part 1

In this week and next week’s posts are 10 ways to make Christmas a less stressful, more relaxing and rewarding time.

1. Communicate
Ask everyone what they want to do over Christmas. Including something of what everyone wants will make for a happier holiday and will show that everybody’s wishes are important. Decide what you can manage to do, how you can do it and where you can do it. Agree on who you want to spend time with and for how long.

2. Prioritise Your Relationship
If you are in a relationship give yourself time together away from the hectic run up to Christmas. Boycott all Christmas talk and catch up with how you both are. Book a babysitter and have a meal out or buy a vat of popcorn and snuggle under the blanket on the sofa in front of a favourite movie.

3. Pamper Yourself
Take some well deserved time out just for you. We need to be ok with ourselves before we are able to give to others. Give yourself a chance to recharge your batteries amidst the ever increasing excitement. Find a local yoga class, try a meditation or mindfulness dvd, or just unwind in a hot bath with plenty of bubbles, candles and a glass of wine.

4. Get Enough Sleep
As the big day approaches look after yourself. Neuroscience proves that sleep is the body’s way of repairing itself. Whilst asleep our brain restructures its connections making sense of the previous day’s information and storing it to memory. Go to bed at your usual time as often as possible. You will need all the rest you can get so that you can get everything done and still have energy left to enjoy yourself.

5. Reflect And Resolve
Reflect on 2014. What has gone well and not so well for you? Think about what you might do differently in 2015. What steps can you take to improve your lifestyle and happiness?