3 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Christmas


I often find there are lots of stressful situations around Christmas time

Not just money based either however, that is often a big one

Family environment isn’t always the most comfortable of times, especially if you get anxious

Having large groups of people all in one room might not be everyone’s ideal way of being social

Maybe you prefer your own space so having to be hospitable can cause anxiety

Your mental health is important, you shouldn’t need to feel more stressed just because of Christmas

I have some tips which I hope will help if you are feeling a little worried

 

Spending

Lets start with the main one, as I know this is the catalyst to much stress, arguments and disagreements

If you, like many of us, have to budget for presents and food over Christmas and New Year, do a realistic budget

Being realistic with what you can and can’t afford will help with spending, and less woes when you add it all up

Every little expense adds up, so it is worth thinking all of this through

From present buying to the food shopping have your lists and stick to them

If you really need to get in debt for Christmas, then planning your borrowing in advance

Research those fee free credit cards especially if you feel it is your only choice

The final amount you pay can vary greatly so a few minutes research could save you a lot of money ultimately

Always borrow within your means if this is an option you have to use

 

3 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Christmas

Socialising

This is the time of year a lot of us see those family and friends we might not have seen since last year

It can cause extra stress and strain on our own families and routines

The traveling to and from and time and disruption it can cause, especially if you are traveling with a young family and by car

Maybe this is the time to realise that your mental health is important, if it is not good for you to visit then don’t

Apologise now in advance of the big day, don’t leave it until the last moment

It is your Christmas too and you should never sacrifice your mental health for someone else

Be true to yourself and put yourself first

 

3 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Christmas

Shopping

Be practical with your time and shop on line

If you need to be at home for commitments, do some online shopping for presents

You have a better chance of getting a cheaper price online too, as you can compare prices with other stores and make use of cash back sites

Have your food shopping list all ready and you can do that online too, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda all do home delivery

Plus there are huge savings to take advantage of when shopping online

I got code through for £18 off when I spend £60* in Sainsbury’s before 15/12/2108

*Needs to be your first online shop with them for the code to work – SAINSSIMPLY

Get as much ordered online first

All that hustle and bustle of the shops can be avoided, then go out just to pick up the last few things on your list

 

Hope these ideas are of help

Let me know in the comments below, how do you make sure your Christmas isn’t stressful? 

 

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3 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Christmas


16 Comments

  1. bev
    06/11/2018 / 08:54

    Some really helpful tips there.

  2. A S,Edinburgh
    06/11/2018 / 21:04

    Such good advice, thank you. I think planning now for how to work around how it’s likely to affect your mental health can free up some mental resources to deal with the rest of the preparation.

  3. Amy simpson
    07/11/2018 / 07:54

    Good Advice xx thanks xx

  4. bev
    07/11/2018 / 09:10

    Trouble is, relatives always cause extra stress!

  5. 07/11/2018 / 13:18

    Some really useful tips here. I have to plan for Chrismas well in advance otherwise it becomes incredibly stressful.

  6. Chloe Taylor
    07/11/2018 / 19:49

    Fabulous tips, Christmas is a time to enjoy but shouldn’t be all about lavish gifts and expense! Xxx

  7. Shelley Jessup
    07/11/2018 / 22:15

    I have in the last 2 years followed this – Being realistic with what you can and can’t afford will help with spending, and less woes when you add it all up – and it really makes the rest of my year less stressful & January not so depressing for me.

  8. sarah m
    07/11/2018 / 22:47

    Great tips, I have the tendency to splurge at Christmas but I am definitely reigning it in this year x

  9. Katrina Adams
    09/11/2018 / 08:29

    I love these tips, especially the one about visiting other people. I find that we do exactly this and I stay past when I’ve had enough and just need the comforts of my own home. I will definitely be trying this, this year.

  10. bev
    09/11/2018 / 08:51

    I didn’t know Sainsbury’s did home delivery – good to know!

  11. Anthony Harrington
    09/11/2018 / 16:19

    great post, can’t believe how quick christmas is approaching

  12. emma g
    11/11/2018 / 19:56

    Some great ideas! The run up to xmas can feel so stressful sometimes.

  13. Alica
    12/11/2018 / 11:57

    Some very helpful hints and tricks, thanks!

  14. Lorna Ledger
    12/11/2018 / 18:56

    It really is, and should be, about whats important to you and yours, not what is marketed to us, and it can be hard to escape from those images

  15. Iris Tilley
    13/11/2018 / 09:32

    Some great tips especially the Sainsburys code Thank you will share now

  16. Natalie Crossan
    19/11/2018 / 11:17

    Great tips thank you!

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