How to Avoid Stress Around Christmas
Along with the joy that Christmas brings, it is may also be very stressful if you don't organise your time and budget. The thorough cleaning of the house before you put the decorations, the expenses of buying gifts for your family, friends and their children, the pressure of last minute shopping and the excitement of the holiday spirit can all contribute to the additional stress. There are some useful tips which will help you reduce the stress around Christmas.
Control Your Budget
Many people pay for their Christmas shopping with credit cards and it takes months after that for the bills to clear. You will not have to cause this stress to yourself if you plan early.
- Calculate roughly how much you will spend around Christmas including the expenses for food, Christmas cards, presents and gift wrapping.
- Save a bit of money each month and you will have the full amount you will need by Christmas. You will avoid running out of pocket or having huge credit card bills.
- If you have the chance to increase your income by selling unnecessary stuff or getting an extra job, you will be relaxed when the time for the Christmas shopping comes.
Choose the Presents
If you have many people to buy gifts for, it might be costly and instead you can organise a different way of giving presents. For example some of the people may buy gifts for the kids and the rest of the people can buy for the adults. You will be sure everyone will get something for Christmas and the money you will save from gifts might be used to buy food and drinks for the party. Define a reasonable price limit for the gifts, so everyone is clear how much should be spent on gifts.
A month before Christmas the shops become overcrowded as they extend their opening times and the shoppers start rushing to get prepared for Christmas early and to do their Christmas shopping. For this reason it may take you longer than usual to do your shopping and sometimes you may end up without even a single purchase after spending many hours at the shopping centre. You will be able to quicker finish with your purchases if you have an idea what to buy for who. If you don't know the interests of someone, you can just give money and the person to choose anything he likes. The sooner you start doing your shopping, the better although you may get better bargains closer to Christmas. If you are able to buy any of the gifts from the internet, you will have them delivered to your home address and you will not waste your time in the overcrowded shops. In many cases the purchases on the internet turn to be cheaper than the same items in the shopping centre.
Preparing the Food
Cooking something delicious for your family and friends and arranging the table is enjoyable, but may be very stressful. You can ask your relatives and friends for some help with the preparation as you don't have to do everything yourself. This will eliminate the stress and you may turn it into a part of the Christmas fun.