4 STOP COMPARING
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.”