We all know Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, happiness and cheer – but what happens when it becomes more a time of stress, anxiety and worry? Spending extended time with family, having our routines turned upside down and feeling the pressure to spend money on presents can all lead to low moods.
A bit of stress at Christmas is to be expected, but if you’re feeling the strain you may want to try the following:
Avoid making big decisions until January
Emotions run high at Christmas and when you’re bombarded with media representations of the ‘perfect Christmas’ it can be easy to overanalyse. For this reason it may be best to avoid making any life-changing decisions until things are back to normal in the New Year.
Use your time off
If you are lucky enough to have time off over Christmas think about using it to try something new. As tempting as it may be to spend the days between Christmas and New Years sat on the sofa finishing that tin of Roses, try picking up a hobby or learn something new. Over Christmas you may feel like you’ve lost control a little, doing what you feel you have to, rather than what you want to. Learning something, volunteering or working on a project helps you regain this sense of control and shifts your mindset ready for the New Year.
Take some time to yourself
We know, this is easier said than done, but try to schedule in some me-time over Christmas. If you spend the entire festive period catering to other people’s requests you can end up feeling burnt out. Think about the time you have for social commitments and don’t be afraid to decline invitations if you’re over-stretched.