Stress Free Christ­mas Sur­vival Guide

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It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year, so Andy Wil­liams says, but it is also the most stress­ful! In fact, ac­cord­ing to the Stress Man­age­ment So­ci­ety, Christ­mas is more stress­ful than a bur­glary for one in 20 peo­ple in the UK. Don’t be one of them. In­stead, read No.1’ s Christ­mas Sur­vival guide, which has plenty of tips to beat stress at the no­to­ri­ously fran­tic time of year.

Don’t ex­pect too much

We of­ten place too much pres­sure on our­selves to make this Christ­mas the ‘best ever’ for not just us, but for our chil­dren and our fam­ily. It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that you are re­spon­si­ble for your own hap­pi­ness, and no one else’s. Don’t build it up with great ex­pec­ta­tions, as it causes stress. Just try to en­joy ev­ery mo­ment of this Christ­mas for what it is, and don’t com­pare it to last year.

Don’t ‘do it your­self’

DIY is stress­ful at any time of year, so why do we pile on the pres­sure by aiming to do it be­fore Christ­mas? In­stead, scrap the scrap­ing! Will it re­ally mat­ter if the kitchen isn’t newly-painted be­fore turkey is served? Avoid rush­ing home im­prove­ment jobs, they do not NEED to be done on top of ev­ery­thing else. The only thing you should be dec­o­rat­ing is the Christ­mas cake!

Be­ing host with the most

Hav­ing peo­ple stay­ing in your home can cause up­heaval, espe­cially at this time of year. Don’t worry about them though – all they re­ally need is a seat at the din­ner ta­ble and some­where to sleep. Just fo­cus on be­ing a good host and be­ing po­lite. Make them feel wel­come and keep calm. Other rel­a­tive-sur­vival tips in­clude: don’t drink too much, walk away if things get heated, and re­mem­ber, they will go home, even­tu­ally!

Wear it well

What to wear dur­ing the party sea­son can cause us all sorts of stress as we won­der how on earth we can af­ford a new out­fit for ev­ery event, func­tion, party and night out. How­ever, help is at hand as No.1 has trawled the high street, so you don’t have to, sourc­ing the best and mostafford­able styles for the sea­son. See our fashion edit to find an out­fit to suit you.

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