The festive period is almost upon us, bringing with it joy, celebration and happiness for many. But for some, this time of year can also be stressful for a number of reasons, topped off by current circumstances surrounding COVID-19.
Whether you’re juggling the usual preparations around work commitments and the school holidays or are coping with isolation, uncertainty and loss of routine - these mounting pressures can have damaging effects on your health and wellbeing. To help, we’ve put together some stress-busting tips to help you make the most of the festivities this Christmas.
Plan in advance
Even for the most organised of people, Christmas has a habit of sneaking up on us and throwing us into a frenzy of last-minute gift buying. But if you plan in advance and make a realistic to-do list early-on, you can avoid this chaotic and stressful step. Start by planning your budget, wrapping your gifts as you go and making the most of online shopping! You can even shop our CBD Christmas range here and have it delivered directly to your door before Christmas.
Set up a virtual festive gathering
Whilst Christmas is going to a little out of the ordinary this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with your loved ones – albeit virtually. A virtual festive gathering can help to lift everyone’s spirits, get you into the festive mood and ensure nobody is alone this Christmas. So why not video call your friends while you decorate your trees? Or check in with your elderly relatives over a virtual Christmas dinner?
Make time for me-time
Self-care doesn’t always come naturally. It can bring waves of nagging guilt as the mind wonders towards all the things you could be doing instead. Well we’re here to tell you that making time for yourself this Christmas is essential!
Self-care is all about switching up your everyday routine with activities that are easy to maintain. From eating, sleeping and exercising well, to taking a few minutes out of your day to practice some mindful breathing, regular self-care can work wonders on your mind-body balance.
Don’t stress about things you can’t control
Often, the things we worry about are the things we can’t control. Whilst it is important to stay informed, try to avoid the endless scrolling of social media and limit your exposure to the news if you can. That way, you can put your energy into the things you can control, allowing you to be much more positive and productive with your time.
Adding a few positive, stress-busting techniques to your everyday routine can help you enjoy the festivities and make it a Christmas to remember - for all the right reasons!