Courtesy of Livin’ Spoonful

Do you get overwhelmed and anxious as the year draws to a close? Do you panic that you won’t get everything done by Christmas each year? Do you dread the crowded shopping centres?

Never fear, for there is a multitude of ways to manage this stress at the busiest time of the year.

Personally, it does get busy for me with two children and their activities (and the rest of us), but I have learned to implement strategies to help me get through this busy period.

Here are TEN of my own personal TIPS for managing stress during the busy Christmas period:

  • Write a To Do List of all the tasks you need to complete then tick them off as you go. Make sure you write them in order of priority.
  • Delegate tasks to family members if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Pace and break up your spending activities throughout the months so you don’t go broke.
  • Buy your Christmas presents in chunks (a few people at a time) so you’re not leaving this to the last minute in crowds.
  • Maintain a large wall calendar of appointments or social engagements during this time to get your family organised.
  • Make sure you have some ‘alone time’ or practise meditation to recharge and prepare for the busy times. It’s important to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
  • Fit in some time for fun (listening to music, dancing, walking, or however you define ‘fun’ for yourself) so that you don’t burn out. Laughter is great too, so perhaps watch a comedy on television or listen to a funny podcast.
  • Plan meals in advance so you can ensure you have the right ingredients, without having to rush out to crowded shops at the last minute. Organisation is the key to reduced burnout and holistic health and well-being.
  • Use your own personal diary to keep track of appointments and functions so you get organised.
  • Enjoy your big feast at Christmas with your loved ones. Do the diet later.

The strategies above work so you might choose to implement them from now on. You might have strategies of your own. The important thing is to do what works for you. The above strategies are simply suggestions.

Feel free to leave a comment about how you manage your time up to Christmas.