I’ve started my christmas shopping now, finally & I can’t help but feel stressed about the whole event. As much as I love christmas it can be super stressful too & stress really isn’t good for your mental health especially when you’re a mum. Stress has quite a negative impact on me and I suffer with various symptoms including hair loss, now I knew that this was normal for women after having a baby but 21 months down the line, really? I’m going to need to ask for a hair transplant for christmas at this rate. Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year for most families and In my last post I spoke about christmas planning so I wanted to share a few tips on what I am going to be doing this year to ensure that we have a less stressful christmas:
- Make sure that I book a christmas delivery slot with Asda. The shops are going to be packed with people fighting over christmas food so I’m going to cheat a little & let Asda do the hard work.
- Don’t wait until December to start your christmas shopping. If you haven’t already started, you need to start now! In October I felt like I had months to plan & prepare but now that we are in November, I am starting to panic & Amazon has become my new best friend.
- Make sure that everything is ready the night before. I cannot wait to get the tree up let alone set up all the presents the night before Christmas. I often like to tidy the house the night before a big day so I have less to do the next day.
- Buy disposable baking trays this sounds ridiculous but lets be real who wants to wash up on christmas day? I wont be buying disposable knives & forks but at least being able to throw away the trays minimises the amount of washing up there is especially when you don’t have a dishwasher.
- Spend time as a family this is a given really but I want to make sure that Christmas Day is about the 3 of us. We will spend time with other family & friends on Christmas Eve & Boxing Day.
- Try to eat healthily in November. I know a month doesn’t really make much difference but I guess it gives you the excuse of eating as much as you want at Christmas.
- Cut the gift list. It’s 2017 and we’re not made of money, let’s be honest. Limit gifts to children only or to families rather than individual gifts.
- Take pictures on your phone of the gifts you’ve bought and then pack them away. I didn’t realise how much I had already bought & now I can look back and remember that I don’t need to order any more.
- Meal plan. Well kind of, Christmas Eve we usually have Chinese food, no cooking & less washing up. Christmas Day we cook a big christmas dinner (obviously) & then on Boxing day we have picky foods.
- Put some christmas music on & dance around the house in your pj’s, trust me, you’ll feel better.
So there’s 10 things that I will be doing differently this christmas, what are yours?
*This post is in collaboration with HS Hair Clinic.