Blogmas Day 3; Handling the Festive Stress

When you’re much younger you don’t really comprehend the significance of stress during the Christmas period As you grow up and have more responsibilities like more people to buy Christmas presents for and all the rest of it and you finally begin to understand why so many people get stressed around this time of year.

 

The presents, the food, the cost all of it can become a bit overwhelming especially as the first of December arrives and you realise you don’t really have much long left to prepare. A lot of the time presents can be very difficult to get; if you are completely unsure what to get a person who maybe, has everything or doesn’t have many strong interests. But something I have actually fallen in love with this year is the concept portrayed by the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert. If you haven’t seen it you defo need to, in my personal opinion I think it’s slightly better than the John Lewis one this year. I mean it’s the idea that during the super busy Christmas period you don’t have much time to think about what is the best present to buy for someone and you spend so much time worrying about it when in actual fact (as soppy as it may sound) the best thing you can give someone is yourself. Your company, your time is the most important thing to cherish. And something we often lose sight of especially throughout the year.

Christmas dinner can also become very stressful but you want to savour the moment, remember it. You spend the first 11 months of the year thinking about the joyous Christmas season but not ready to encounter it, I think you just need to remember that, of course you want to make it as joyful as you can for those around you but don’t forget to savour every memory of it. I’m not going to lie I’m one of the less organised people for the festive period and you’ll usually find me running into the stores with the rest of the Christmas crowd but I don’t forget to take time for myself.

Personally I think the wintery/Christmas seasons are just an excuse to relax. When it gets darker earlier and much colder (not that it can get much colder in Scotland) who doesn’t want to indulge themselves in a gorgeous hot bath in the evenings. Cuddled up in a blanket with a hot chocolate, Christmas films on, festive candles lit, it’s such a gorgeous atmosphere. Take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, especially if you’re one of those people who find themselves locked up inside all day you’ll be astounded at what a difference a short ten minute stroll can make in the winter breeze. Leave all devices at home and for once; stop to smell the flowers.

Love Curls & S x

‘The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud and clear for all to hear.’

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