Tips To Survive The Festive Season - Image Dazzie D We all know what it's like at Christmas. With only two weeks to go before the big day here's how to stay sane over the Christmas period.
Plan ahead of time and write it all down. What can be done now, what needs to be done later? Stock up the store cupboard and freezer, so you have something for when unexpected visitors turn up or people stay for longer than expected.
What presents do you need to buy – make a list and stick to it. Ask for suggestions – buy something people actually want – rather than another unwanted gift ending up in a charity shop or the back of a cupboard. Don’t leave it to the last minute ‘Christmas Eve panic buying’. Make lists throughout the year for present ideas and why not shop for presents and cards in the January sales.
Prioritise tasks – you can’t do everything, so make sure the important things get done. Don’t aim for perfection – Christmas is about being with family and friends. All the added extras add to the atmosphere (and the expense) but aren’t essential to the enjoyment. Enough is good enough.
Blitz tasks by setting a time limit of 15-20 minutes and then move on to the next thing. Great to stop you getting distracted or focusing for too long on one thing when there’s a lot to get done. You can always come back to it later if there’s still more to do but it gets things moving.
Don’t try to do everything yourself – ask for help. Share out some of the tasks with the family. Children enjoy helping out and if you’ve got family and friends coming over, ask for a little help – either preparing, helping out in the kitchen or providing a contribution to the meal.
Most importantly - make sure you take time out to relax in the build up to the festive season, so you’re not so worn out or stressed that you don’t enjoy all the effort you've put in.