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Hectic pre-Christmas time: 4 tips to handle pre-Christmas stress

By Gabriele Kaier, 28.11.2016, Approx. 2 min reading time.

Christmas is quickly approaching, we try wrap up work for the year, plan for the next year and stay on the top of all the holiday celebrations. Now it is time to reflect and think about how you are going through December without stress and reaching burnout. Therefore, we have some tips to share for you to get through the pre-Christmas month with a smile on your face and with stress kicked out of the window.

Christmas is quickly approaching, we try wrap up work for the year, plan for the next year and stay on the top of all the holiday celebrations. Now it is time to reflect and think about how you are going through December without stress and reaching burnout. Therefore, we have some tips to share for you to get through the pre-Christmas month with a smile on your face and with stress kicked out of the window:

1. “Good” is enough

Free yourself from perfectionism and stressful thought patterns: Become aware that there is no need everything to be perfect. Your house does not need to be perfectly decorated and your gifts don’t have to be the most inventive ones. Stop comparing yourself to others. Take a deep breath and take a moment for yourself and think if it is worth taking the joy out of Christmas because you want everything to be just perfect. The 80-20 rule can help you. Goals for Christmas: With as little as 20% of effort get 80% of happiness.

2. Don´t get lost in details

Think about which things are really important for you and don´t loose yourself in details. An effective tool to get focused is a priority list with benchmarks – five points for important things, one point for unimportant things.

3. Shift some dates to next year

In Christmas time invitations and events get out of control: Christmas celebrations in your business, Christmas parties with your club, meeting friends and colleagues at Christmas markets, baking together christmas cookies and so on. Life goes on after Christmas, delay some dates, whenever possible, to next year.

4. Time for a time-out

Especially in the poorly lit time your body has a need for rest. The hectic pre-Christmas time directs against your body´s need. Let´s start with a well-being tip of Susanne Halonen, also known as Happyologist: Mediate 5 minutes a day and teach your brain to focus and listen to you. Give yourself time to just do nothing and to be fully present. You will benefit from happiness and productivity. And last but not least: it isn´t about presents. Don´t focus on gifts and “perfect” social activities. Enjoy the festive season with friends and family and stay on track with your well-being in the pre-Christmas time.
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