Friday, 15 December 2017

12 DAYS OF SHANMAS #1 | How to Stay Calm at Christmas

Things can get a little crazy over the Christmas period.  Whether it's finding the perfect gift or trying to find a moment to relax in between the festivities, there are a few simple steps you can take to thoroughly enjoy the Christmas period.

Things can get a little crazy over the Christmas period.


Whether it's finding the perfect gift or trying to find a moment to relax in between the festivities, there are a few simple steps you can take to thoroughly enjoy the Christmas period. 


As someone who needs time to recharge their batteries, I find it a struggle in winter to keep on top of everything, let alone find the time to focus on Christmas! Over the years I have learned a few key tips on how to deal with stress and actually enjoy the holidays.


Prep early


This is pretty self-explanatory. Preparation is at the core of festive success. I like to begin purchasing gifts in October, and then I'll continue to buy bits and bobs up until the first week of December. For me, knowing I have bought everything I need by December means I can sit back and relax and avoid the crazy shopping centres! The time I save means I can spend the rest of the month counting down in excitement rather than dread!


Get organised!


Do you leave wrapping until the last minute? Big mistake! I prefer to wrap as I buy. That way, you're only wrapping a few things at a time and you won't risk becoming 'lazy' after wrapping the tenth present that hour. Now, I'm the worlds worst wrapper so I can't exactly brag about my own efforts, but I certainly recommend this step to everyone else... 

P.S If you really hate it, you'll most likely find a great, affordable wrapping service in your local town centre.


Immerse yourself in the festivities


Can't beat them? Join them. With the time you'll save wrapping/buying presents, why not use it to enjoy yourself? Baking delicious treats and writing Christmas cards will get you into the spirit. Heck, if you're feeling adventurous why not take part in a carol service?


Remember to relax


While super hectic, the holidays should be a time for rest. Step away from the negativity of stress and take pleasure in spending the time with family and friends. Remind yourself of what the Christmas period is truly about. Love and happiness! 

For those who find this time difficult, take a step back and remain calm. Everything will work out the way it is supposed to.

Happy Shanmas Day One!

xoxo





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