Between your 9-to-5, Secret Santa shopping and family time, your stress levels can go through the tinselled roof. TV’S Sally Obermeder, founder of lifestyle brand Swiish, shares how she finds balance.
“The end of year is supposed to be fun, so I remind myself of that. I don’t go to every [event], because that’s when it starts to become exhausting and you find yourself wishing the days away instead of enjoying the time. I also try not to set deadlines of having all my work done before Xmas. Because, guess what? It won’t be! I’ve become more realistic [to avoid] unnecessary anxiety [now]. Saying ‘no’ is something I’ve had to practise slowly and mindfully. Having two young children has also forced me to get better at it. When I decline an invitation, I don’t wait until the last minute – I thank the host and explain that due to what I currently have on my plate, I can’t attend. Kindness and explaining your situation honestly go a long way. My productivity tip? Don’t check your email every five minutes. Not easy, I know. I set aside two hours each day [for] them. On the home front, I double-batch all my cooking when the meal is freezer friendly. That way, there’s always delicious food at our fingertips.”