Reducing stress over Christmas

Reducing stress over Christmas: set yourself up for a stress-free holiday

It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but also one of the most stressful. But there are ways to reduce the worries and problems that the holidays can bring us.

December is the last month of the year and, without a doubt, the most intense. There are social events and engagements of all kinds and it is an ideal time to indulge in shopping and meals. It´s also Christmas time which, for many, is the most beautiful holiday, prone to meeting with family and friends.

However, these holidays bring us many worries and obligations. We must think about where we will meet and with whom, what gifts we will have to buy, what meals we will have to make, how we will prepare our children before the Christmas holidays and also how we will organize our own agendas. All these activities have consequences on our physical, emotional and mental health, and are great sources of stress.

Christmas and the holidays have consequences on our physical, emotional and mental health, and are great sources of stress.

Several studies have even shown that during these dates there is a greater incidence in blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and the risk of strokes increase between 15 and 37%.

To the excess in the consumption of alcohol and food and the stress before the holidays, we must add the sadness and loneliness of some people who have no one to spend these holidays with, feelings that also affect health. Some of the signs to be aware of are headaches, bruxism, diarrhea, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunctions, lack of energy, and even skin or hair problems. These holidays can also affect the mood mood, cause depressive or anxiety symptoms, lack of memory or concentration, or catastrophic ideas.

Spending Christmas alone make some peolpe sad and lonely, and that deeply affects their emotional health.

Some tips to avoid these problems

1. Plan ahead

It can be done between several people, so the tasks are distributed and are more manageable. It is important to distribute activities well and establish deadlines, thus reducing the risk of possible forgetfulness. Children can also participate by helping to set the table, making signs with the guests' names, putting together the Christmas tree or helping out in the kitchen. This is a good way to spend time with them and make them feel like they have responsibilities too.

2. Control expenses

Some of the obligatory Christmas expenses can be reduced by buying food weeks before dinner and even taking advantage of offers like Black Friday. It is important to make a budget that can be assumed and think very well about what to buy, without getting carried away by the Christmas spirit. For that, you have to keep a list and not get off it.

It is important to make a budget that can be assumed and think very well about what to buy, without getting carried away by the Christmas spirit.

3. Avoid arguments

It is best not to touch sensitive topics that can generate uncomfortable situations or arguments. Therefore, avoid topics such as politics, religion or private family matters. A good option is to sit close to those with whom we have more affinity.

4. Exercise

It is advisable to practice some sport or physical activity during this month as it is a good way to control stress, relieve tension and secrete endorphins, which help improve mood.

As ever, following a workout routine always helps reducing stress over Christmas.

Now that you know how to organize these parties, give yourself the time you need for each activity and take the opportunity to spend more time with your family. You can also see more suggestions for Christmas in our related articles.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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