It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… So why are we stressed?! 

We can’t believe it either, how is it that we’re talking about Christmas?! It only feels like a couple of months ago we were talking about our new plans. But as sure as night follows day, here we are again and this year we’re hopeful for a Christmas less dominated by Covid.

Christmas, and all its twinkly lights and the warm glow of mulled wine, is exciting. Especially so after the world has almost reached its two-year pandemic milestone. Yet it can still be a stressful time. The pressure of hosting the “perfect” day for everyone, having financial worries, health worries or any other worry or missing lost loved ones can all take their toll. 

So, how can we feel more joy this year, and less stress? Here’s our top tips…

1. Be realistic 

If you’re hosting and dreaming of a Hollywood-style huge Christmas with a full table surrounded by beaming kids and happily merry adults – then drop the expectation. No matter how much you plan, something unexpected will happen. Be that accidentally overcooked roast potatoes, arguing relatives or the dreaded norovirus turning up as an unexpected guest. Factor in that not everything will be perfect, and you’ll be able to deal with disappointment more easily.

2. Boost your immune system

Talking of winter bugs such as the norovirus (that causes vomiting), prepare for the worst by supporting the immune system of you and your family as best you can. In the lead-up to the big day, make sure you’re all eating a wide variety of different fruits and vegetables, lean protein and wholegrain carbs. Avoid the temptation to sit inside all day too, get out for walks and breathe in the fresh air – being outside helps us build resilience. Consider taking an immune-supporting supplement too, such as Nature Restore Elderberry Extract Supplement that’s rich in antioxidants to help ward off coughs, colds and other bugs. 

3. Enjoy the fresh air

Being outside and spending time appreciating the natural world around us is also great for our emotional wellness. If you feel like things are getting on top of you, make time to get outside. Even a 20-minute walk can help us reset and take stock – handy if we have a lot of house guests and we need some time to ourselves to just breathe for a moment.

4. Quit the guilt

Be that guilt over not seeing everyone you “should” see, eating too many slices of pies or not using the holidays to catch up on all those house chores. This is your time too and you need to think of yourself. Be as kind to yourself as you are to your best friend, be gentle and do things that make you happy. 

5. Have some fun!

This might be baking cookies with the kids and giving them some cute festive decorations (try these Snowflake Rice Krispies decorated using beautiful Butterfly Pea Powder) or letting loose with friends over a few glasses of wine. It is the season of goodwill after all, and that goodwill extends to you, too! Enjoy!