At Christmas time, things can get a little stressful. Emotions run high, tempers become frayed and it can feel like things are spiraling out of control. Let’s take a look at the reason behind the chaos.

Why do things get so crazy this time of year?

There are a lot of pressures and demands on us during the festive season. Financial pressures can weigh us down as we struggle to buy enough presents for family and friends. Family commitments can become overbearing with long lost relatives popping up and we are sometimes forced to spend time with family members that we don’t necessarily gel with. The thing we see the most, is that we just try to do too much. Interestingly, we create our own chaos by setting ourselves unrealistic tasks and goals – when really what we need to do is simplify things.

7 Tips for a Stress Free Christmas

1. Stop trying to ‘do too much’.

Make a list of everything you have planned for Christmas and then take a step back and simplify things. Get ruthless and cross off those things that are adding too much stress and really aren’t necessary.

2. Let go of the perfect Christmas.

Know that ‘perfection’ is not about the quality of your Christmas dinner, or the size of the presents under the tree, it’s about the ‘quality’ of the time you spend with those close to you. Focus on having a happy Christmas, not a perfect one.

3. Be prepared.

Instead of leaving things to the last minute and causing unnecessary stress, get prepared. Cast your mind back to last year and think about what you learned? Did you need to plan a bit more time for shopping or cooking, or invite a few less people over? Make things easier on yourself by getting organized.

4. Be patient with difficult family members.

We all have family members who push our buttons. Practice patience this Christmas time and rise above any comments that would usually cause you to lose your temper or react in a way that causes unnecessary drama.

5. Ask for help.

Often we can take too much on and then feel like we are left doing everything. It’s OK to ask friends and family for help, you don’t have to do everything yourself. People like to be involved, so make sure the hard work is shared instead of one person taking it all on.

6. Remember to take a rest.

Instead of over-committing during the holidays, schedule in quality time with friends and family plus some relaxation for you to recharge.

7. Don’t take it too seriously.

Sometimes we get a little crazy and end up killing the festive fun in the process. Notice if you are becoming overly serious about Christmas events and remind yourself that Christmas time is for having fun and relaxing – NOT for stressing and worrying over the small stuff. Remember that there will be another Christmas next year, so it’s not the end of the world if this one doesn’t turn out exactly how you wanted it to!

Take a deep breath and let it go! This year, decide for yourself to have a calm and peaceful Christmas and leave the drama behind!

Merry Christmas from us all at AutoGlass Solutions.

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