Christmas can be stressful there is no doubt. There are lots of things to do, places to go and people to see. Extra school activities, extra weekend activities, nights out…. Presents to buy and wrap, food to buy and cook. Last year we all experienced a quieter slower-paced Christmas due to covid but that doesn’t mean we have to do everything this year. Although I know a lot of people feel the need to do those activities or traditions, especially with little ones.
You might not know this but stress affects women differently to men. Dr Rangan Chatterjee interviews many people about lifestyle, wellness and health on his podcast and he tells us in this episode that women and men experience stress in different ways. The episode talks about how women feel more overwhelmed and stressed but it has something to do with our inner stress cycle. Give it a listen for tips on how to avoid burnout.
Christmas can be a really hard time but remember it’s one day out of a year and it’s not worth running ourselves under the ground for. Don’t make loads of plans if you are going to find it too stressful.
Remember to nourish yourself as well. If you pig out one day (we will be doing that too) but make sure the next day you get some goodness down you. When we are stressed we burn through out Magnesium stores, so taking a magnesium foot bath or using Better You Magnesium Lotion will help you to restore a little balance.
Six tips to avoiding burnout
- Learn to say no. You don’t have to say yes to everything, even if you’re worried about letting someone down. If you are pregnant or have a little baby this especially applies to you and you have a perfect reason to say no. Look after you and your bump or little one and if that means laying on the sofa eating chocolate and watching Christmas films, do it!! If it means having a nap, do it
- Accept help. Whether it is help with cooking, meal prep or hosting, you don’t have to do everything. If friends are coming over let them bring a dish. Let your family help you if you are hosting Christmas dinner.
- Prep in advance. Whether this is food or presents, do as much as you can early to avoid last minute rush.
- Don’t overload yourself. For me this means not doing two nights in a row, especially when I am still working in the weeks begore Christmas. Actually the reality is that I don’t do more than two or three nights in a week.
- If you can do anything to make your life easier, do it! Whether it is food shops being delivered or even click and collect. Avoiding last minute dashes around the shops if that is something you find stressful.
- Switch off. Take some time off work, off devices, off social media and try and fully switch off.
If you do find things getting too much, take some time out.
Headspace is a great app, or there are lots of free guided meditations on You Tube. Just having a short walk or some time alone if you have visitors can be helpful.