Christmas and the lead up to it, can often cause us to burn the candle at both ends, with the endless parties, children’s nativity plays, food preparation, shopping for Christmas gifts, and then visiting relatives to deliver those gifts.
It all causes extra physical and mental stress, and when added to the normal everyday workload that most people struggle with throughout the year, leaves hardly any time for any sort of ‘me time’, self-care or healthy habits. Worse still, for some, the stress of all this can bring about a total physical and mental burnout come the New Year.
So what can you do to help prevent meltdowns during the Yuletide season, as well as becoming burnt out thereafter?
Here are some simple changes you can make to ease your workload, and in turn your stress levels:
- Buy the majority, if not all, of your Christmas gifts online, and get them delivered straight to your door. Some companies will even gift wrap them for you!
- Give the ‘difficult to buy for’ members of the family a gift voucher for their favourite store.
- Donate the money you would normally spend on Christmas cards to a worthwhile charity, and give Seasons Greetings to family and friends when you see them or via social media.
- Do an online grocery shop for the non-perishable items you will need and get it delivered a couple of weeks before Christmas Eve.
- Pre-order the perishable food items, from the butchers, farm shop or fruit and vegetable store, then all you need to do is collect it all on Christmas Eve, or get someone else to do it for you!
- If you’re really strapped for time, why not order pre-prepared meat, vegetables and desserts, which just need to be popped in the oven or the microwave, and get them delivered on Christmas Eve or the day before? But remember to book your delivery slot in good time!
If you find it still gets too much and you just can’t hold the stress in any longer, try this simple technique to calm your nerves and let it all go:
- First of all, focus on the problem at hand, how you’re feeling or why you’re stressed. For example:
- ‘I’m annoyed with my partner for not helping me with the Christmas preparations’, or
- ‘I’m really angry that my boss expects me to work late on Christmas Eve’ or
- ‘I’m feeling upset by the family disagreements whilst we play games’
- Then, with the thumb of one hand massage very gently on the side of the thumb, followed by each finger, right at the base of the side of each fingernail. Massage for about 3 or 4 seconds on each, and then do the same with the other thumb to the thumb and fingers on the other hand.
- Continue doing this until you feel relief from the problem. You may find that a different problem pops into your mind, if it does, focus on that whilst massaging the fingers one by one.
This technique is a discreet form of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which you can do at anytime, even in front of the person who is the cause of your annoyance!
Give it a go next time you’re feeling stressed, and notice what you notice!
A bit of information about EFT
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, is a technique that I came across not long after I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 15 years ago. I was so amazed at the benefits of using it on myself that I later trained in the practice to enable me to help others with it.
Whenever we get upset, frightened or anxious, or we have some sort of trauma in our life, whether it’s big or small, blockages are created in the pathways of our energy system. These blockages cause our energy flow to slow down disrupting the natural frequency we’re meant to be at, where energy flows freely through us.
EFT can be used in many areas of our life, including emotional issues, energy blockages, phobias and physical symptoms; the list is endless and, not only that, it’s a very simple technique to learn and to use whenever and wherever you are. It restores the body’s energy balance, and can rid us of negative emotions and even physical pain.
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