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6 Top Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Date : 04 December 2020

The December holidays are meant to be a time of relaxation and recuperation filled with lazy days, beach days and late mornings.

But this perfect picture is often not the reality that we walk into when vacation starts.

In reality, December tends to be a blur of Christmas shopping, cleaning, cooking, baking, play dates and family visits opening up an avenue to a whole new type of stress called ‘holiday stress’.

So here is the looming question: how does one survive the holiday season?

We have put together 6 top tips for surviving the holiday season to help you walk into the New Year unscathed.

1. Don’t Overbook Yourself

You’ve walked out of the office and your December leave has officially begun. Now what?

Reflecting back on your year can cause quite a stir within yourself. You begin realising all the missed parties, the overdue dinner dates and the unfulfilled fitness promises you made to yourself during the year.

When this happens STOP.

You do not need to feel guilty about being busy and the answer definitely does not lie in committing yourself to a hectic schedule that you will never be able to keep up with.

December time is your time to relax and overbooking yourself will only cause feelings of anxiety and guilt when you are unable to live up to your commitments.

Make a list of what you would like to do during your leave and consult with family and friends to see what they have planned. By doing this you can cover all your bases while guaranteeing some me-time for yourself.

2. Start Christmas Shopping Early

We all plan to do Christmas shopping early in the year but never seem to commit to the plan! To avoid crowded malls, last-minute gift dives and stock related issues, start your Christmas shopping early.

Or better yet – do your Christmas shopping online!

So many retailers now allow their customers to purchase products via their website that going to the mall might be avoidable altogether.

Before heading out into the December traffic, have a look and see what you can find online. Not only will this save you frustration, but it will also leave you with a lot more time on your hands.

After all, who wants to spend their vacation time standing in lengthily queues?

Just be sure to pay attention to those delivery times: you do not want to place an order and it only arrives in the New Year!

3. Take Family & Friends in Healthy Doses

The holidays are about family and friends BUT that does not mean your entire holiday plan needs to be centred on spending time with them.

Go out for a few dinners, host a games night or go out for coffee but don’t find yourself pushing your own plans aside to do so. Rather try to reschedule or find a mutual solution.

Sometimes you need to be a little selfish to take some time for yourself and this does not make you a bad person. It just means that other people need to learn to compromise for your needs too.

4. Allocate Some ‘Me Time’

This is an important tip to keep in mind: me-time is essential.

The whole purpose of December leave is to allow yourself the opportunity to unwind, reflect and put a better foot forward in the New Year. If you have no time for yourself, you will be unable to do so and will return to work feeling sluggish and unrested.

Pick up a book, watch a new series on Netflix or go for a walk on the beach. Sometimes doing nothing is exactly the ‘something’ that our minds and bodies have been craving.

5. Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

This age-old adage still stands for a reason: because it is true.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and nor was all your Christmas cooking or house cleaning.

Don’t try to tackle everything in one or two days. You will be exhausted by the time Christmas Eve arrives. Rather spread what needs to be done over a couple of days.

OR create a Christmas agenda and include the family in it.

Remember: many hands make light work. If the whole family bands together to clean the house, tidy the garden and help out with the Christmas eats, then there will be a lot more time for everyone to do what they would like to do.

After all, the holidays are about spending time together as a family so do not be afraid to delegate.

6. Perfectly Imperfect

And this brings us to the last tip: not everything is perfect.

Just because there are only bone-in gammons left on the shelf, the kids’ bedrooms are still a mess and the dog just rolled in the dirt after getting a bath does not mean that the world has unfolded into complete chaos.

Learn to find the perfect moments in moments of imperfection. Trying to regain control over uncontrollable situations will leave you feeling powerless and drained.

Simply smile at the chaos and worry about it another day. After all, it is the holidays, right?

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