Christmas Stress Busting Tips

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For many people, Christmas stress is right up there with major life events such as moving house or changing jobs. The endless planning, shopping and cooking are both immensely tiring and stressful. To those folk already suffering from stress, Christmas can turn out to be the last straw, pushing them over the edge and into full-scale meltdown. In order to prevent this happening, you need to set up strategies well in advance of the festive season that will enable you to cope.

First Christmas Stress Busting Tip…

is to plan for everything while remaining flexible with your arrangements. This may sound contradictory but it really helps to have structures in place, such as present buying lists, food shopping lists and a rough timetable of events while also bearing in mind that any and all of these can be adapted or changed. Keeping a flexible mindset reduces stress and anxiety and encourages you to let things flow over you rather than fight inevitable obstacles and changes to plans.

Second Christmas Stress Busting Tip…

is to keep your expectations at a realistic level. All too often, we expect everything to be perfect at Christmas time. Why? Because the media bombards us with images telling us that is how it is meant to be. The trouble is that nothing is ever perfect and that is where problems arise. We place too much of a burden of expectation on ourselves and, when we fail to match up to those expectations, we become stressed. Tell yourself firmly that all you can do is your best.


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Third Christmas Stress Busting Tip…

is to understand that we can only control our own behavior and not that of other people. While you can try your utmost, those around you might not be so accommodating. Family squabbles, aggravating relatives and friends can all conspire to ruin Christmas if you let it. By adopting the right attitude, however, you can ensure that none of these situations stress you out.

The best way to do this is to remain detached from other people’s efforts to be disruptive. Again, simply let things flow over you and refuse to react. By not reacting, you are showing the person concerned that their behavior does not have the desired impact upon you. Keep telling yourself that this is their problem and not yours, and you will find it far easier to remain stress free.

Fourth Christmas Stress Busting Tip…

is to make sure you take enough time out for yourself, preferably on a daily basis. This can be something as simple as soaking in a hot tub or taking a walk, or you can indulge yourself with a seasonal treat such as a massage or manicure. When it all seems overwhelming and you feel stress symptoms coming on then the only thing to do is retreat in this way. Remove yourself from the source of stress and you will be able to come back refreshed and able to enjoy all the joys of the holiday season, which, after all, is what Christmas is all about!

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  1. That third one is critical as you get stuck in the ridiculous traffic jams that ensue as you approach the exits to the malls…


    1. Not living in a large city, traffic isn’t usually a problem. Parking is an issue at the malls and shoulder to shoulder people in the stores are what get me going. If you’re going to the store to shop, do that. Don’t be standing, blocking the aisles, and chatting because you haven’t seen friends/neighbors since this time last year…. grrr.


  2. I’m sending this to my mom her expectations are always way too high. Thanks for this post I really enjoyed it!


    1. Good idea, Tyler. Christmas is supposed to be enjoyed, not stressed about.


  3. Love this!!! Its sad to see how commercialized Christmas has become! So many people go into debt and I feel it is so silly love the tips ty for sharing!


    1. I’m one of those who used to go crazy in debt – but not so anymore. I spend what I can afford and try to relax.


    1. You’re one of the lucky few, Aish.


  4. These are all great tips, but just the thought of Christmas is stressing me out. The shopping for gifts….I am already late and behind…. I’ll keep in.mind to have realistic expectations and will tell others the same… Hope it helps


    1. I spend less and less every year and try to relax more and more.


  5. Yes, taking time out for yourself is SO important! I know I read a few chapters of a book to calm me down.


    1. I totally agree. Anything that can take you away (in your mind) for a little while, does wonders for recharging the batteries.


  6. “we can only control our own behavior and not that of other people.” – it’s as if you wrote this one especially for me and my family Christmas. Definitely something I need to remember this year.
    Great tips, great post – really well executed


    1. I’m glad that rang true for you, Eleanor. Thanks for the compliment.


  7. Omg, the snow on the page! I only just saw this. Lovely touch! Now I can have snow at Christmas even living in Australia aha


    1. I’d gladly share some of the snow that’s fallen this week – and more in the forecast for tomorrow!


  8. I often see many people stressed out in in a bad mood at this time of year. i have realized just smiling and being VERY nice usually takes off the stress. I also try and run one errand every time I am in town that has to do with Christmas as early as mid November.


    1. Yes, Meeta, a smile can go a very long way. Kindness usually begets kindness. And your idea makes a lot of sense.


  9. Firstly, loving the snow. Secondly, we’ve been overseas the last two Christmases and it has been much less stressful. Hopefully a reset for our family!


    1. I love the snow too! And yes, being on your own with just immediate family can certainly diminish the stress.


  10. Se manifique! such great insight and wisdom shared. hahah even though christmas is a tad commercialized i still looooove every minute of it


    1. Thanks, Enricoh. Christmas is awesome. I’m not all about the gifts, but more about family time, laughter and good food.


  11. Planning is everything! I have been stressing about the many presents i had to wrap, so the other day, i just got on with it and i am done!
    I am also leaving earlier this year to get to family on christmas eve, it should shave an hour off our journey.


    1. Yes, planning can be a life saver – as long as you’re flexible enough if the plans hit a snag and you have to regroup!


    1. Thanks, Erin.


  12. Your tips will help me not to think much.. Thanks for that. I’m looking forward to read your other blogs.


  13. I love these tips, have pinned them for later reference.


    1. Glad I could be of assistance. We don’t often think to share stress-busting tips, when there are a whole lot of us who need them.


  14. Funny that it’s a season to spend time with the family but you can’t seem to relax! These are awesome tips, and I could really use them!


  15. I definitely need these tips for Christmas, my stress levels go through the roof, especially when my in-Laws are over since I’m cooking and I’m nervous about undercooking/ overcooking/ burning any of the food!


    1. The only person you need to impress is your hubby. He’s more important. If you keep each other happy the rest of the year, I’m sure Christmas will go smoothly.


  16. It’s so easy to stress yourself out during the Holidays! I think these tips are great, especially since we always tend to overthink things during this season!


    1. I couldn’t agree more, Carol. Stress can ruin things, so the more capable we are of dealing with it, the better things will be.


  17. These are all great ideas, and pretty clever. We’re always stressing during the holidays, so this year I started Christmas shopping two months in advance. Best decision, ever!


    1. Oh, it’s so much easier to be done of the shopping before all the madness begins. I have no patience for crowded stores and filled parking lots.


  18. I’m not stressed about Christmas especially this year because my Mom will prepare everything so I will pass those tips to her:D


    1. You’re lucky. Enjoy the holiday as much as you can.


  19. Thanks so much for this! The holidays can be so darn stressful!


    1. You’re quite welcome, Amanda.


  20. Omg I’m originally from the south so me and snow don’t mix!!! I miss my sunshine this time of year lol


    1. Every year that passes, I mind the snow more and more.


  21. Stress free holidays are wonderful! Happily several years ago I learned how.


    1. That’s awesome. The sooner the lesson is learned, the better.


  22. These are great tips. I will definitely be using some of them.


    1. Good for you Ashlea. Pass them on too. Everyone should learn the trick.


  23. Love this post and it makes me calm, Glad you share this


    1. Thank you, Victoria. Glad you liked it.


  24. I love this!! This is my favorite time of the year, but oh it can be stressful!! Low key and small is perfect for family gatherings!


    1. I’ve just come back from shopping and except for a few gift cards, I’m done with the physical gift buying. Then I can just relax til company comes on the 23rd..


  25. Preparing for Christmas Eve dinner is the most stressful thing for me actually. I wish to have an extra pair of hands. Hahaha! Love this tips. I definitely be needing this for the coming Christmas dinner.


    1. I agree that more hands are needed and the Christmas season seems to be the most hectic.


  26. I tend to let my expectations get too high. I want to buy things for people I can’t afford. Last year and this year I have been reigning that in.


    1. I always hope to reign it in, but it’s been a slow process. Over the years, I’ve managed to go from spending $2000, down to $500.


  27. My motto this year has been simplify and stress less :).
    XO, MJ


    1. Very wise decisions….


  28. I definitely tend to get more stressed this time of year. Thanks so much for your tips!


    1. I think we all do. I’ve finished my shopping and the tree is up. Just need to do some baking and wait for the family to arrive on the 23rd.


  29. These are all great ways to keep the stress at bay. I am a stressed person in general, so when there is lots on my plate, it’s just worse.


    1. If you can recognize the signs when it’s happening, you can step back and take a personal time out.


  30. Maybe it is age, but I hardly get stressed anymore. Even in stressful situations I have always been calm and more so now. I’m the peacemaker in most settings and bring a calming to those who are the stress makers (in family settings)! It’s just not worth it and especially at this glorious time of year. This is not an easy feat for a perfectionist but it can be done and I am glad to have passed that trait to my daughter who has suffered much but always remains calm and collected.


    1. I know it’s nice to have adult children around to give a helping hand. I don’t know how I did it all when they were young.

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