5 Tips For Managing Stress on Christmas Day

Amongst all the festive music, glistening lights, and beautifully wrapped presents, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.

1. Take 10 minutes for yourself every day

As much as it is lovely to spend time with loved ones at this time of year, but for many people, it can be a trigger for anxious thoughts and feelings. Set aside 10 minutes of your day to do something for yourself. This could include; having a bath, reading a book, listening to music or meditation.

2. Let go of feelings of guilt around food

Unfortunately, the festive season always sparks conversations about calories, ‘unhealthy’ food and diets. Everywhere you look on social media there is someone posting about how many burpees you could need to complete to ‘burn off’ your Christmas meal. Remember, Christmas happens once a year and it is an occasion that should be enjoyed, not feared. Be mindful when you eat and enjoy every moment.

3. Limit your screen time

Try to be present with your loved ones and take in the special moments that you have with them. It’s so easy to sit on your phone, scrolling through social media and comparing your Christmas to someone else’s. Whether you have a large family or a small family, appreciate the moments that you get to spend with them.

4. Incorporate a bit of movement into the festive period

It is perfectly OK to rest and do nothing over the festive period. But, if you are someone that finds this time of year particularly stressful, then doing some movement for 30 minutes might do your mental health some good. Maybe try going for a walk, a short run or following a yoga practice on YouTube.

5. There is more to Christmas than the beautifully wrapped presents

It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of making sure you have brought enough presents for everyone and getting worried that you haven’t got people enough. Remember, Christmas is not just about how much money people have spent and the number of gifts people receive. At the end of the day, it is not the gifts that we value the most, but the memories we have created with our loved ones.

From all of us at Kaneh, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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