‘Tis’ the season to be jolly.......

At this time of year there can be a great deal of pressure to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas and given that 2020 has been pretty tough all round, I think most of us are wishing for something that feels as close to magical as we can make it.

However, in the pursuit of perfection most of us end up feeling overwhelmed or stressed and risk not enjoying the very thing we had been looking forward to.

Question: how many of us expect such a level of perfection from our friends or family?

Answer: We don’t.

So if you are ready to reduce your feeling of overwhelm this festive season take a look at our tips below:

  1. Be honest. Be honest with everyone around you about how much you can take on. Ask for help. Whether that’s with the shopping, the wrapping or the cooking. You don’t get a medal for doing it all. I repeat, you don’t get a medal for doing it all!

  2. Be honest. Yes, again. Be honest about how much you can afford to spend. Agree with friends to not do presents this year if it’s too much of a financial strain. Also set a spending limit when it comes to buying with your immediate family and for your little ones.

  3. Say No. As much as you need to. It’s easy to take on too much. If you don’t want to do something or don’t have the time, say no. You can do it!

  4. Done is better than perfect. You can apply this to so many things. Take the ready made options when it comes to Christmas food and save yourself some time to enjoy being with your family or catching up with them on Zoom.

  5. Christmas is a season, not a day. If you focus everything on this one day there is a high chance you will be disappointed. Work out ways you can get that lovely feeling for more than just a day. Some of my favourite memories are of putting up the Christmas tree, or the excitement of Christmas Eve.

  6. Make a list. When I just can’t shake to overwhelm, I make a list. This then gives me perspective on what’s necessary and also time scales. Don’t forget to look at the list and delegate what you can. Start by crossing of the quick things, as soon as you start crossing things off you should start to feel the weight come off your shoulders.

  7. Take care of your basic needs. Eat well, remember to drink water, exercise. Make time for you now, not just when January comes around.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy festive season.

Sabrina Cox, OneFitMama Loughborough x

P.S. Look out for our next blog with a life coach recommended way of working out realistic goals for 2021.

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