Mother and daughter decorating the Christmas tree

Lifestyle, Stress



All I want is a stress-free Christmas

Don’t let the most wonderful time of the year be the most stressful.
Follow our festive stress-busting tips for a fun, family Christmas

Christmas carols, decorating the tree and gift wrapping presents you spent weeks finding for that special someone… Christmas should be a relaxing time of the year that you can share with your friends and family. However, despite the festive cheer, Christmas can often be a time of heightened stress as you try to juggle family gatherings, social occasions with friends, late nights and trying to keep the children in a routine.

Enjoy your family Christmas with our four easy, festive stress-busting tips.

Festive Feasting or Festive Fasting?

Big family meals, wine and chocolate galore; it is hard not to treat yourself at Christmas. However, as delicious as these festive goodies are, over-indulging can leave you feeling tired and sluggish. To ensure you have the energy to enjoy every minute of the Christmas break, try to find a balance between sweet treats and healthier options for you and your family. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start off with a meal that will set you up for the day’s adventures, such as poached eggs on wholemeal bread or porridge topped with winter berries.

Snowman porridge oatmeal breakfast, with fruit as decoration

HIIT workout sessions or Hibernation?

It can be extremely tempting to go into hibernation over winter, but try and find the time to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. Why not go for a crisp morning run, explore a new route with your dog or take the children out for a family bike ride? Not only will this boost your energy levels, but it can also improve your wellbeing and help to strengthen your immune system.

Two brothers walking their dog in the snow in the woods

Rest or Rejoice?

Whether it is staying up late, slumbering on the guest bed or the general excitement of Christmas, most people’s sleep routine will be disrupted over the festive period. Try to keep to your regular sleep pattern as much as possible and do not be tempted to stay up for an extra night-cap, or be lured into a long afternoon nap following a big Christmas lunch as this will impact on your quality of sleep during the night.

Lady takes a nap on the sofa next to Christmas tree

Woeful or Wonderful?

Make sure you have a wonderful Christmas by preparing for the festive fun. There is nothing more stressful during the holidays than a last-minute dash to the shops or a forgotten visit from friends and family when the house is messy. Give yourself time to relax during the festive break by ordering Christmas presents early and wrapping them as soon as they arrive. Also, make a note of Christmas cards you need to write and any gatherings you are hosting together with a shopping list of food and drink you need to buy. That way, you will be fully prepared to take advantage of any supermarket offers allowing you to save money at the same time.

Lady planning her Christmas on iPad with cup of coffee surrounded by Christmas presents

Christmas is a busy time of the year, so it is natural to feel stressed when thinking about everything you need to do as well as keeping the home running but, by following the simple steps above, you’ll be able to make the most of the festive season with friends and family.