While Christmas is meant to be a time for joy, we all know it can bring its own stresses. From dealing with family to last-minute gift shopping, for some, it’s the most stressful time of the year.
We asked the office how they cope with stress at this time of year.
Bonnie, Creative Writer and Producer
“Plan, plan, plan! My other half and I try and agree ahead of time roughly how we’ll split time between our different friends and family to help minimise stress and avoid any arguments.
We’ve also found that spending time individually with our friends/family can be a great way to avoid extra stress when going to meet extended family or friends that aren’t shared.
We’ve also found that ‘neutral ground’ for family celebrations can be helpful. Rather than having part of the family driving 4+ hours and the rest of us driving for less than one hour to meet at the same family’s house year-on-year, we try and pick a restaurant or cottage rental with a roughly equal travel distance for everyone.
Another good one is recognising your own and your loved ones’ faults. I know my other half is always going to be late for, well, everything. He last-minute shops; he turns up late to everything for family and friends. Recognising that doesn’t mean he cares less, and preparing yourself for that likelihood can help take the stress out of it/diminish the worrying around it and helps to just let it go.”
Melissa, Digital Marketing and Brand Ambassador
“I schedule a few evenings in the lead up to Christmas where I do the things to help me relax and unwind – for example, have a relaxing bath, light a lavender candle, chilled relaxing nights in. Another thing is to accept that there may be some conflicts of interest but you’re not responsible for anyone’s actions, mostly enjoy being in the moment and celebrating it with loved ones.“
Hannah, Membership Services Executive
“Get out of the house when it’s dark, put the coats, scarves and gloves on and go for a walk. Appreciate all the effort your neighbours have gone through to decorate their houses with lights and enjoy!”
Ellen, Marketing Communications Executive
“My advice is that amidst the hustle and bustle, make sure you still find some time to yourself – spending days on end with family, socialising, understandably the excitement can get pretty overwhelming!
In the lead up to Christmas, despite it being my favourite time of year, I ensure I always have some ‘me time’ – whether that’s sitting down with a cup of tea and my favourite film, or even wrapping presents alone, with some music playing and a chocolate biscuit (or two).”
Amy-Jean, Art Designer at Happiful
“I always find I can get quite anxious when all the family are in such a small space and it can get stuffy so I like to go for a short walk with a couple of the family just to get air and chill! (plus this really helps with the digestion of all the calories).”
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