Stay sane during the festive season

 
Following on from the last post on slowing down, here are some tips on how to stay sane this festive season if you can’t slow things down right now.
We all have commitments that we have to honour in the run-up to the big day, such as school events, work assignments and family celebrations, here are a few steps you can take to help reduce your stress levels and reduce the risk of burn out.
 
Get ahead. I tend to leave everything till the last minute, that’s just how I work best, but when it comes to the Christmas rush, getting ahead really does help me stay sane. Buying gifts from local businesses help reduce the cost of postage as well as helping small businesses survive and add to the local economy. The same with food at this time of year, plus you know where it’s come from and usually how it’s been produced. For everyday routine, make sure you have everything ready for your family the night before so in the morning you are not running around trying to find missing shoes or pack lunches.Grab a planner and write down everything you have to do in one colour and everything you’d like to do in another. Then when you find you have some spare time, pick something from the like to do list and do it, even if its watch your favourite program. 
Learn to say NO. This is a really important one and one which I have learnt the hard way. You need to learn to know your limits and say NO when you have not got the time to fit it in. As much as it is nice to go to everything people invite you too, if you find it is getting too much, apologies and arrange something for in the new year.
Look after yourself. You need to be fit and healthy to keep on top of everything and if you do not look after yourself, who will? Schedule in time to spend at least 10 minutes doing something you enjoy, whether it’s reading a chapter in a book, watching a TV program or having time out to meditate and reflect, this will all help you stay sane. You also nee to make sure you eat healthily and regularly and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. This is one area I need to work on and I am hoping that this new approach to life will help me keep on top of this.
Can you add anything to this list to help us stay sane during one of the busiest months of the year?

 

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16 Comment

  1. Some good tips here. I agree it's important to remember to take some time out for yourself, and reading a book chapter can create a little bubble of calm.

  2. THIS IS MY LIFE!!
    I would say buy a personal planner and USE IT.
    I use mine but should use it a lot more often.
    Great post hun
    Charlotte x

  3. I always seem to go a little insane over the Christmas holidays – I'm not sure what it is about ti though. x

  4. These are such great tips, especially about learning to say no, I need to get better about this.

  5. Learning to say NO is something I've been trying hard to do this year. Liberating isn't it?

  6. I have been really good at doing the last 2 but only because I am heavily pregnant so have had to. But your 1st point, getting ahead, is my biggest weakness as not done the new baby shopping yet, not built the cot yet and not bought a single Xmas gift yet. Yep the next few weeks are going to be ccccrrrrrraaazy, with sleep deprivation to follow. Yikes xxx

  7. I love buying locally from small biz – so important to do as well.

  8. I keep trying to get ahead but other things keep coming up. As I work from home people don't actually think I work so ring me up chatting for ages and stopping me when I do venture out!

  9. Definitely need to learn to say No, not something I am good at!

  10. It's great if you can share the load with others. We have our whole extended family coming to us for Christmas day every year, and everyone contributes something to the meal so that it's not too much work for my husband and I.

  11. Sonia says: Reply

    I find it hard to look after myself during the holidays, this year I am going to make much more of an effort to get my daily exercise and continue eating pretty healthy x

  12. Learning to say No is probably the hardest thing to do

  13. oana79 says: Reply

    I really appreciate the look after yourself bit in there, even for 10 minutes a day, very sane advice and so, so necessary during this very busy time of the year!xx

  14. Really good tips there although I'm afraid I'm failing at all of them! Great advice though, I definitely need more sleep that's for sure 🙂

  15. Good tips – with just a week to go now I am switching from sheer panic to blissful denial 😉 Kaz x

  16. This is invaluable advice! I think we are all guilty of many of these fundamental errors and would really benfit from paying attention to this list next year!

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