Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be one of the most stressful. There's so much to be done, people to look after, guests arrive (some of them you wish didn't). So how can you escape this Christmas relatively unscathed? We've put together some helpful tips.
Know when to stop. You're not superwoman, or superman. Is the world going to end if the Christmas pav doesn't get made? Most likely not. Don't put unrealistic expectations on yourself. The holidays are there for you to enjoy as well.
Create a Relaxing Atmosphere. Play soothing music or vapourisors with your favourite essential oils. Lavender, rose, ylang ylang and chamomile are all great for relieving stress and axiety.
Hydrate. With all the rushing around you're going to be burning energy. It's essential that you are well hydrated so this energy can be easily accessed. When you become dehydrated you also become stressed, so keep up with the fluids.
Take a Moment for Yourself. There's nothing wrong with having a little "me time". Make yourself a herbal tea, and find somewhere peaceful to relax and gather your thoughts.
Eat More Turkey. This one sounds a little strange, but there's a method to our madness here. Turkey is a natural source of tryptophan. Our body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, a powerful chemical that calms the brain.
Remember to Breathe. When stressed, our breathing and heart rate changes. You can overcome this by doing what's called the Magic Five. Take a deep breath in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, then breath out for 5 seconds. Repeat this 5 times. You should notice your heart rate drop, and a general sense of calm return.
Avoid Excessive Alcohol. We'd tell you to avoid alcohol at the best of times, but it is Christmas so we're going to be kind on this one. Alcohol dehydrates your body and places stress on your organs. Try alternating your alcoholic drinks with water to keep your hydration levels up, and your hangovers away.
Have Fun. Last, but not least, have fun. Don't take things too seriously. Just enjoy the time you have with family and friends. Everything may not always go to plan, but hey - when does it.