LWL Tips for a Stress Free Christmas

I love Christmas, how about you?

However, whether we like it or not it can be a bit crazy sometimes…..

Here are a few simple suggestions that I believe will help us through the moments of madness

Relax the stress of shopping for family members in favour of sharing special moments and experiences. Why not treat your buddies to a coffee meet up or brunch. Instead of ripping open a package, opt to meet up and spend quality time together. Life is so busy all year, it’s the perfect gift to one another.

Families love traditions, but it's less about the event itself, which your kids may have outgrown, and more about time together. If your kids are complaining, drop expensive, high-stress rituals and think of something simple and appealing, like a Christmas Eve chocolate-chip pancake feast. I know, I know…..I am always promoting healthy eating, but I have a delicious healthy pancake recipe on my eBook of healthy recipes available on my website, and it is Christmas after all.

If you're overwhelmed with dozens of cards to send out, why not just send an e-card to everyone on your list. It's eco-friendly! Keep the card writing to your top 10 like Granny & Grandad etc.

Take a deep breath and savour the moment. Give yourself permission to forget about all those jobs still left on your to-do list. Enjoy your time with your family and friends.

A special gathering, like Christmas Day is not the time to experiment with a new recipe. Do what you know you can do best. Keep the table setting simple, adding a seasonal touch with a single Christmas centre piece and festive napkins. Focus on the people you're gathering with, and don't stress out on the preparations and menu.

Now this tip in my mind will keep the balance in your life over Christmas. The balance that can so easily be tipped over the edge as it can be so hard to say NO. Get together with a few of your closest friends or relatives for the holidays. Choose to throw the big blowout parties at another time of the year, when you and your guests will have fewer commitments competing for your precious time.

Head outdoors for a change of scene. Take a starlit night time stroll through your park, village or town to view the holiday lights. Great for destressing during the busy holiday season.

Too much added sugar can cause blood sugar highs and lows, leaving you feeling more anxious and less able to handle stress. Treats can be enjoyed in the right way, as long as we are mindful of the quantity and control our intake. It’s worth it to brave the cold especially because you don’t have to stay out too long to reap the benefits. You’ll feel a lift in your mood in just 5 minutes and it will help burn that extra energy that we are likely to consume over the break.

Lesley xxxx

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