Your cool, calm & collected Christmas
Can you sail through the silly season with your sanity intact? Of course you can! Here’s how
How to breeze through the silly season with your sanity intact
don’t you just love all those little reminders that there are only X more sleeps until Christmas? Time’s a ticking and your shopping days are numbered!
Ah, Christmas. We love the festive hubbub of the yuletide season – the anticipation, the lights, decorations, happy get-togethers, party frocks, pressies and food.
But the stress? Yeah, we don’t love that part. Even though we know it’s coming, the season somehow still manages to sneak up on us.
Breathe! We’re about to streamline this thing so you can concentrate on the real business at hand – enjoying time (and maybe a little wine) with your special peeps!
1 LIST IT, LOVE IT
To-do lists help you sort things into not-so-overwhelming chunks – so much more effective than trying to keep it all straight in your head. Make a few to cover your most pressing needs: budgets, gifts, meal plans, food shopping and who’s bringing what. Review often and cross things off as you get ’em done.
2 FEEL THE STRETCH
Tight, tense muscles are both a sign and a cause of stress, and often we don’t even realise we’re suffering. Gentle neck and shoulder stretches can provide instant calm. Also, try the beginner yoga ‘child’s pose’ to relieve tension in your back, bum and thighs. Ahhhh!
(Youtube a few how-to videos).
3 CURB YOUR CAFFEINE
That first lovely double shot latte? It’s the bomb for kickstarting your day and may indeed improve focus and help you get things done. A few too many, though, will leave you jittery and anxious. Know your limit and switch to sipping decaf, herbal tea and/or H₂O instead. Even the ritual of slowing your roll to stop and make tea is calming.
4 MASSAGE YOUR PC6
Say what? That’s acupressure talk for a simple, effective way to calm nerves and reduce anxiety. (It’s good for settling nausea, too.) To find the pericardium 6 (PC6) pressure point, place three middle fingers from your right hand against the crease (next to your hand) of your inner left wrist. The spot where your index finger now rests, between the tendons of your forearm, is where it’s at. Use your thumb to gently massage the area while taking slow, deep breaths.
5 TIDY YOUR SPACE
Clutter causes inner chaos. Spend a few minutes every day picking up and putting away. Yes, it’s that simple.
6 CLICK IT
Jam-packed shops with no place to park? No thanks. Online shopping is easier and safer than ever. You can do all your gift research and purchasing in your pyjamas while sipping a chilled chardonnay. Many companies offer gift-wrapping as well as free shipping. How perfectly civilised!
7 TAKE SHORTCUTS
There’s no shame in cutting corners where you can. Many grocery stores, deli counters and bakeries offer gourmet-style goodies – and even entire meals – that require next-to-no prep. While you’re at it, invest in a nifty solar light-show projector to stick in the front yard of your home and skip stringing hundreds of traditional lights and fighting with burnt-out bulbs. Get ’em at Bunnings and other major home goods stores.
8 SEND AN E-CARD, SAVE A TREE
We know cards are lovely to receive in the mail, but if you’re running low on time or cash, design and press send on your own creative e-card. Add a pic of the fam and some news from your year and move right along.
9 DIVIDE AND CONQUER
You’re just one person. You don’t have to do it all. Don’t be a martyr to the cause. Use your words and ask for help! The word of the day is ‘delegate’.
10 GO FOR ‘GOOD ENOUGH’
Yep, you want the place to look fab for guests, but if there’s no film crew coming, don’t sweat it. Give the bathrooms a once over, run a broom through and strategically position a few vases of fresh flowers about the place. Your welcoming hug is all that’s needed.
11 DON’T GET ‘HANGRY’
Busy days on the run often lead to questionable grab-and-go eating or simply forgetting to refuel altogether. A week or so of that and you’ll be feeling icky. Make at least one meal a day healthful with lots of crunchy, colourful salad vegies and a lean protein.
12 SCHEDULE FUN
With the hours you’ve saved by not running all over town like a blue-arsed fly, you’ll have time to meet friends, take the kids to see Santa, get your pamper on (mandatory highlights, pedi, massage and spray tan!) and generally radiate glad tidings and goodwill to all. Merry Christmas!
Keep your calm by deeply stopping to breathe and slowly whenever you feel the need
banish xmas tears with yoga,time out or a soothing cuppa