Christmas time can often be the most stressful time of the year. So much to buy, so much to plan. So much to stress about. Money worries, family worries to name a few.
Did you know?
More than 76% of people claim that family arguments are the most stressful thing about Christmas.
At Christmas, I tend to stress a lot. But not about myself, about others. I hope they like what I buy, am I organised enough, will I have enough time. Finances are also huge stress at this time of year too.
Stress can only mean one thing for me…LESS SLEEP!
I have put together my top tips to help make Christmas time a little less stressful for you and in turn, give you a good night’s sleep. After all, Christmas time is the time to relax!
Get some sleep
Tip 1: Less stress keep a pen and paper beside your bed.
Preparation is the key. If you write down all the things you are worrying about on a pad you can park them. Then go back to them in the morning and create an action plan.
Tip 2: Make time for yourself
It can be unnatural sometimes but you have to learn to put yourself first. As I mentioned at Christmas time I always tend to think of others. I try to make their day the best of the year. But you should think about what kind of day YOU want to have. Take some te out fo your day for YOU maybe. 10 minutes of watching your fave TV programme or a book even. I prefer meditation.
Tip 3: 6-8 hours of sleep means less stress
It is often the busiest time of the year. Work parties, friends parties and catching up with families. Even trying to fit last-minute shopping in after work can often mean a late night. So try and dedicate a few nights to absolutely NOTHING.
Have a bath and early night in and you will wake up feeling fresh after a good 6-8 hours sleep.
Did you know?
47% of people said that finances are the biggest cause of stress at Christmas.
Tip 4: Lists, lists and lists
Try to stay organised with lists. I also think this way it prevents you from wasting money on things not needed. Food shopping for example. Write a list of what is needed to avoid waste. It will also help you know exactly what you are cooking on the day. It will also see if there is anything you can prepare the day before too!
My last few final thoughts for more sleep would be to invest in a good bed and mattress. The Bed Guru helps you find the perfect night’s sleep and everyone has a different sleeping style. You may need a custom bed which they provide too! The Bed Guru is a company that has gone through 3 generations and the experts on good nights sleep.
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