4 STOP COM­PAR­ING

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - The Life Edit -

It’s nat­u­ral to feel a fris­son of envy for next door’s all-singing, all-danc­ing Christ­mas lights, but with the added pres­sure of so­cial me­dia and ‘In­sta-envy’, we’re in dan­ger of set­ting the bar too high. Avoid per­fec­tion – it’s not much fun for any­body if you’re su­per stressed. Overly high stan­dards lead to Christ­mas burnout.

Think about your best Christ­mas mem­o­ries. Do they fea­ture per­fect pota­toes? Co-or­di­nated baubles? Prob­a­bly not. They’re likely to be about who you shared it with, and what you did. Christ­mas is a time to con­nect; it’s not about sit­ting at the best-dressed ta­ble. Or for keep­ing up with the Jone­ses – or any num­ber of life­style blog­gers. STRESS BUSTER Ban­ish ‘shoulds’ and ‘ought tos’. In­stead of think­ing, “I should be the best or­gan­iser”, think, “I’ll just do my best with the time and re­sources I have.”

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