The festive season should be such a happy time of year. Meeting family, giving and receiving gifts, enjoying good food – it should be much needed cheer in the midwinter rain and cold. Sadly it doesn’t always work out that way.
If the approach of the Santa juggernaut makes you feel like leaving the country, try these ideas:
Much of the seasonal stress really starts with the pursuit of ‘stuff’. Most of us have too much as it is, so adding even more does not make sense. If someone is ‘difficult to buy for’, that is a strong signal that they really don’t need anything. Join the viral campaign for a present ceasefire.
With work deadlines and shopping to do, there can be a squeeze on your schedule. When that happens, it can be all too tempting to forgo your exercise time. Don’t do it! Adjust your fitness routine for winter and keep that movement happening.
Plenty of gyms are open over the festive period. If you're visiting family, find a gym nearby so your workouts don't suffer. January will be less of a shock if you can keep your fitness up.
Winner, winner, Christmas dinner! It is a big highlight but it can also be a massive hit on your unsuspecting digestion. There are ways to enjoy the Christmas meal without too much waistline payback. Go easy on the treats and booze too, and try to take your stomach for an afternoon walk. You'll feel better for it on Boxing Day!
December 21st marks the winter solstice, when London will see sunset at a depressing 3:52 pm. At least we are on the up after that, but the short daylight hours and low light levels can really add to December stress. Try to get as much daylight as you can. Fit in a walk at lunchtime and spend weekend time outside, not in a shopping centre.
Not everyone has a mantelpiece full of invitations and a huge family event to attend. Rather than envying others, take time to appreciate what you have, to look after yourself and perhaps to help those less fortunate.
If Scrooge can learn his seasonal lesson, then there is hope for us all. Merry Christmas!
I had to read this as I felt quite stressed before Christmas this year. I did workout but not enough due to time pressures and I think that actually quite affected me. I also ate worse and again that made me feel more cranky. So overall I would say definitely try to stay as healthy as possible to avoid stress,.
you say 'santa juggernaut' and I start thinking 'holidays are coming...' Definitely time to ease off on the commercialism and just be nice to each other!
My solution - go for a blustery beach or woody walk and take a thermos of hot chocolate with you, Some Christmas songs on your headphones will complete the experience. Festive, but relaxing.
me time is a very good idea. I'm not going away this year (can't afford it!) so it will be a holiday at home for the first time since I was a kid. So I will take these wise words and make the most of my 'staycation'.
I would add something like read some books/listen to music too. I find that carving out some time for something non-productive but soul-restoring is quite important for me too.
speaking as a bloke - don't make work! Meet your mates for a chat. Agree a present ceasefire (who wants gift sets?). Have fun, don't go shopping!
it's very true that we all feel compelled to buy lots of presents, and even if wee say we won't then we still end up doing it! It's so commercial and there are so many tempting things to buy/do/eat that it's hard to ignore.
This is a lovely thing to read when I'm feeling overwhelmed with Christmas stuff to do. Much appreciated.
when the whole nonsense has been going since August, it becomes a habit to ignore it all. Now it is two weeks to go, and much as I detest all the waste and humbug I would like to send a few cards and buy a couple of presents. Feels like most stuff has been and gone now - ridiculous!