6 ways to reduce Stress at Christmas

How to have a stress-free Christmas, including avoiding family arguments and sharing the workload.

Christmas is a time for fun and family get-togethers, but can have its pressures too. The family is stuck in the house, the kids are overexcited, there’s the tree to decorate, presents to buy and wrap, and food to cook.


It’s no wonder the festive feeling can fizzle out. There is evidence that Christmas puts a strain on families. Statistics show that January is the busiest month for divorce lawyers.

Make sure this Christmas doesn’t become a day to remember for all the wrong reasons. Follow these tips from a Relate counsellor

  • If there have been any family rows during the year, resolve them. Tell the people you argued with that you’re looking forward to seeing them. Ask if you can get together before Christmas to talk about whatever problem you had.
  • Plan the day and share out the jobs that need to be done. Don’t slave away for hours on your own and feel like people have taken advantage of you.
  • Discuss your plans with others, including any children who will be there, so that you can listen to their ideas and wishes for the day. Then you can come up with a celebration which includes things that please everyone.
  • Have a timetable for Christmas Day so that you don’t all sit around for hours doing nothing. Try to make sure you won’t be spending a lot of time with a difficult person or someone you don’t get along with.
  • Don’t drink too much. Drinking excessively is never a good idea. Find out more on safer drinking.
  • Children can get overexcited, so plan a lovely long walk for a change of scene and some fresh air. Everybody will feel better and pleasantly tired instead of irritably tired. For more ideas, read Get active at Christmas.

Please share these tips with others & take 5 minutes to mindfully think about how you are going to look after yourself this year. Think about when you get that feeling of dread… what could you do differently this year or who could you delegate it to !


Keeping going, not asking for help & then getting frazzled is a typical dilemma people raise when they come to see me for Life Coaching. Its those domestic niggles & blockages that can undermine you moving forward with bigger changes like a career change , downsizing or redundancy . Olympic athletes all have coaches to help them be even better so I am happy to meet you for a free coaching session to see how I can help you. Please contact me on 07971 881251 , leave a message or text .You can see what clients say about my service. Click for Testimonials. http://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk/contact-sheffield-coach.php

Merry Christmas …please share this post if it would help a friend or relative xx
Best wishes Karen




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