I remember one Christmas standing in the supermarket queue with a trolley full of food & feeling overwhelmed, then thinking I’ll just leave, leave the trolley leave the shop leave the food. I didn’t, as by the time I’d argued in my head about what to do the cashier was putting my shopping through. So I loaded the car, went home & had a massive panic attack about the fact that I nearly left all the Christmas food in the store… a panic attack about nearly having a panic attack!
Christmas can be stressful for all different reasons. Spending time with extended family, the expense, the expectations, any of it can cause stress or trigger anxiety.
So how can we try to avoid unnecessary stress, remember It’s ok to…
- If you’re really worrying about what to buy someone, ask them.
- Know when to stop, Stick to a budget
- Don’t panic buy, you’ll end up with something you’re unhappy with.
- You don’t need to buy into all the activities that others are doing, elf on the shelf, Christmas Eve boxes, Winter wonderlands. These are all new, you nor your parents had these activities and it didn’t spoil the day.
- You know, it’s just one day. Food shop for the day not the week.
- Don’t say yes to plans that will cause extra work & stress. If your family like being at home on Christmas Day don’t commit to visiting anyone, leave it for another day.
- Remember It’s just a roast dinner with crackers, wise words from T, Mummy Barrow.
- If the weather’s not terrible try & get outside for an hour. A late afternoon walk to look at neighbours Christmas lights can be both festive and a chance to unwind.
You know, we’ve never had Christmas eve boxes, Elf on a shelf or a new pyjamas tradition. When asking our grown up boys their best Christmas memories it’s always about the funny stuff & the things that went wrong. And ALWAYS the one where Nan announced how much she liked her f.u.c.k perfume.
Merry Christmas everyone x