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The ‘most wonderful time of the year’…or a recipe for increased anxiety? While Christmas can be full of joy and wonder, fun with friends and well-deserved time off, it can also be pretty stressful. Here’s how to manage stress and fit in some self-care during the festive season.
Christmas means many things to many people. For some of us, it’s full of happy memories, while for others it’s a little more complicated. You might love spending time with your family, and wrapping presents could be your favourite pastime. But there will be moments when you can’t listen to another one of Uncle Geoff’s travelling salesman stories. And you’re fed up with fending off questions about marriage and kids.
Festive anxiety is a real thing, it seems. With symptoms including panic attacks, chest tension, and a sense of impending doom! Not really in line with the meaning of the season! And with the increased holiday spam coming from our Instagram feeds we find ourselves literally trying to keep up with the Kardashians (but on a fraction of their budget!).
Pressure to purchase expensive and thoughtful gifts, plan a beautiful (as well as tasty) feast, be the hostess with the most without catching Covid…it’s no wonder we’re wiped out.
And the usual lists of “How to survive the Christmas season” tend to hinge on planning well in advance or “life hacks”, we wanted to bring things right back down to earth. You’re all busy, so let’s focus on how you can fit in a little self-care this Christmas, without breaking the bank or spending hours at a spa.
Christmas can be overwhelming, and adding another complicated beauty routine to your to-do list isn’t going to help that. Why not start with the basics?
If you need help managing stress during the festive season, then it’s important to reach out for help, to a friend, or to somewhere like The Samaritans. This year is even weirder than normal, and we’re all dealing with a lot of mixed emotions. Reaching out for help is always a good thing.
As a parting gift (well, it IS Christmas!), we want to leave you with Mind.org’s 10 Commandments to reduce stress:
Keep these in mind and you can look forward to a Christmas enjoying time with those you love, giving gifts you can afford, and eating a lot more cheese than usual!
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