10 Tips To Stay Sane This Christmas

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10 tips to stay sane at Christmas

Christmas and the New Year can be a stressful time of year for a lot of people. This  needn't be the case. Here are a few tips for staying sane this  Christmas.



#10 "“ Plan Christmas – If you've not already  done so, plan your Christmas shopping in one day. This includes presents,  food and decorations. Take 1 day to plan it and 1 day to action it. This  way you gear yourself up for the stress and all that goes with Christmas.

#9 "“ Breathe – When you are in queue's do your  breathing exercises, ratio of 1:4:2, breath in for 1, hold for 4 and out for  2. So if you breathe in for 4, hold for 16 and breathe out for 8 seconds.

#8 "“ Delegate – Don't try and organise  the whole day yourself allocate roles to your family. My son's  roles will be to clear the living room before dinner, lay the table, welcome  guests, whilst we can do the dinner etc.

#7 – Be Happy "“ This is not meant to be a stressful  time of year, remember what it's all about, the family getting together,  having fun and enjoying your time together.

#6 "“ Quality time "“ Allow yourself a break during  the day or during the lead up to Christmas and New Year. You might think  that if you tool half an hour to yourself the world would fall apart, it won't. Take  a nap, sit in the bathroom, read a book, meditate, anything but make sure you  allow time for yourself.

#5 "“ Allow mess "“ Christmas is a children's  holiday as well, don't get too stressed about the place being a mess  for a day or half a day. Children are messy and want to play NOW and  don't care about clearing up, allow them to be a bit messy for a day  then kick butt on Boxing Day.

#4 "“ Spending limit "“ Stick rigidly to your spending  limit. Every year, without fail, one of us will say "˜Oh that doesn't  look that much compared to the other one, we better buy a few extra presents'.  Although it may not look as if you've bought one of your children a lot  compared to the other the amount of money spent is the same and that's  what matters. Yes children will notice but if you explain to them, they  are usually happy.

#3 "“ Get the food in early "“ Very important this  one. Don't leave the food shopping until last minute. You  don't want to be stuck with Turkey breast slices if you've planned  your meal around a 12Ib Turkey.

#2 "“ Relax "“ You've opened the presents,  played some games, eaten the dinner, tidied up (a little), now Relax. Just  chill out and enjoy the rest of the day. Put your feet up; better yet  get a foot massage from your partner.

#1 "“ Be Thankful "“ I Don't want to depress  you, but be thankful. Count your blessings. There are millions  of people worse off so look around your family and silently thank them, look  around your house, and look around your estate. You are truly blessed.

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.