Don’t sweat the small stuff

Some people rate the festive season as being more stressful than divorce or even being burgled. Remember that people can and will rub each other up the wrong way when they are in close quarters for extended periods so don’t let those family members you’d rather not see get you hot under the collar. Plan for some time away from the crowd to just get some breathing space, even if it means running an errand on your own, or just going for a daily walk. 


Plan ahead

Start making a list of things you need to do for the holiday season early: for example, shopping, food and presents, decorations and travel arrangements.  Make the list as detailed as possible and try to prioritise the items on your list: can they be done now and are they essential?  Don’t overestimate how much you can achieve once you go on leave and delegate the responsibility for certain tasks to other family members.  This will most certainly keep those festive stress levels at a manageable level.


Know when to stop

Decide when you will stop your festive preparations and start to relax and enjoy the holidays.  Work towards and try to stick to this goal, even if it means not getting everything done.  

Remember that this is your holiday too, so have some fun.


Make time for exercise

The festive season is, for many, a time of excessive eating and drinking and exercise can easily be put on the back burner. Besides being a great stress reliever, if you maintain your fitness plan during the next few weeks, you won’t have to fight the battle of the bulge, come January.


Watch that booze intake

Nobody is saying cut out drinking altogether, but be sure to give your liver a break and take in sufficient water and non-alcoholic beverages to help combat the dehydration that comes with drinking a lot of alcohol.