How To Reduce Christmas Day Stress

How To Reduce Christmas Day Stress

We all know christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, happiness, generosity and kindness.

But sadly christmas and the pre-christmas period for many can be anything but.

For some people christmas is a time of despair, for some a time of deep sadness and for many a time of increased anxiety and stress.

The pre-christmas and christmas period can be so crazy and stressful that many people end up ill during the festive season.

Sadly christmas can bring’s up all sorts of emotional turmoil and pain. From deep grief, sadness, isolation to a lot of external pressure to take part in event’s you would rather avoid. The big one for many people this time of year would is dreaded anxiety when having to spend christmas day with close relatives or in-law’s you just don’t get on with.

The fact that christmas event’s are often fuelled with alcohol, too much sugar, not enough sleep, games and too many people in the one close space. For some the thought of cancelling christmas is actually quite appealing.

But the facts are no matter what, christmas is a time for joy, happiness, generosity and kindness. And no matter who we are spending christmas day with or where we are spending christmas day. Being more calm and stress free and even happy is all about choice.

So no matter if you are the christmas host or someone’s christmas guest.

Here is some tip to help you get through christmas day more calm and stress-free


Top Tips For A  Calm Christmas Host

  1. Plan Ahead – planning ahead can help you get more organised and stop you forgetting or leaving important tasks, food shopping or gifts to last minute
  2. Delegate – get family, kids and guests involved before and on the day. Help everyone feel as if they are important. For example ask who would like to help serving, who would like to do the party games, who would like to help with music and of course choose wisely who will serve drinks.
  3. Prioritise – Remember what’s important, what christmas is really about fun, joy and heart giving.
  4. Let Go Of Control – Don’t get too caught up in perfection and now allow for
  5. Reduce Alcohol Problems – there is various ways you can help reduce the amount of alcohol consumption. You could start your christmas day or party later in day. Or choose to start serving alcohol much later in day. Seving small nibbles or snacks might not be what you used to do. But maybe a way to ensure no one starts drinking on an empty stomache.
  6. Organised Table Seating if you have two or more guest’s that are best kept at a distance. Even the rest of the family can help with this if they know two people shouldn’t be left close together.
  7. Get Out Of The Kitchen – Make sure you don’t spend all day in the kitchen, happy guests remember a happy fun host that actually has time to spend with their guests. Let go of the need to be the perfect host and be the happy fun host. Your guests wont remember the perfect dinner or table. They remember the love, the joy, the moments of happiness.


Top Tips For Christmas Guests

  1. Plan Ahead – plan how long you will stay make sure you sort of travelling or taxi requirements before hand.
  2. Be The Perfect Guest- Ask what you can bring or what you can do for the host this will help guage the formalities, what the host expects or doesn’t expect from their guests. If you feel under pressure why not bring an inexpensive game, something home made or an extra thoughtful card.
  3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption -If you are concerned in anyway about the day, avoid or reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol may make you feel more relaxed but it doesn’t often help you be more aware of make the wisest decisions. If you don’t plan to drink or only plan to consume a small amount of alcohol, consider bringing your own low alcohol or alcohol wine or beer. This tactic can help you avoid extra pressure from drunk relatives who are more likely to notice a non-alcoholic soft drink.
  4. Stop Ruminating- Stop worrying about what if’s, events or situations before they have happened. Don’t keep thinking about previous situations. Every christmas day, every christmas party or situation is a new different, a totally new experience.
  5. Be In The Moment – Take one step and one moment at a time. Let the day unfold exactly how it is supposed to be. The more anxious or stressed you are, the more negative energy you add to the situation.
  6. Stop Ruminating- Approach each christmas day and christmas party in a moment to moment open hearted way. Stop worrying about what if’s and what is happened before. Today is different, this moment is different, this experience is different.
  7. Don’t Feel Pressurised – don’t feel extra pressure to do anything that is not right for you. Such as to buy gifts for host or host’s family you simply cannot afford. Your presence and open heart is far more appreciated and remembered.


how to be more calm for christmas by stress expert, eileen burns, stress coach training


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