It’s Christmas for those of us who celebrate it. A time for family, friends, having a break and in a lot of cases eating a lot and spending way too much money on gifts. This time of year as a result brings with it a lot of pressure to be a lot of things to a lot of people.
Whether that’s pressure from your children to buy them the latest toys, gadgets or clothes because their friends are getting them or the endless advertising got to them. Or it’s hosting the family Christmas party because your sibling did so last year. Or it’s pressure to attend all the the numerous work Christmas parties and then spend on food and drink. Or it’s having to spend extended periods of time with friends and family when you want to be doing other things with your time.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all these demands. Because as human beings we like to please others and we also in some cases like to keep up with the jones. So what can you do to look after yourself during this holiday season?
1- Set a budget and stick to it – Be clear about how much money you can afford to spend on gifts, hosting, travelling and parties and spend just that. This will then ensure that you do not start the new year in debt/ overspent, which will then cause you to be stressed about paying bills or meeting your other needs.
2- Do not worry about other people’s judgement- easier said than done I know, but if it’s your turn to host but you can not do it for whatever reason, speak up. If you do not want to spend extended periods of time with negative people speak up. If you do not want to attend every works do, speak up. Do what works for you.
3- Check in with yourself daily- This is to make sure you are not over doing it just for the sake of a few days of holidays. It is also to ensure you are not over doing it by drinking too much or eating too much as you still need to look after your health during this time.
4- Start setting your goals or resolutions for next year, if you haven’t already done so- This will help set boundaries for you because then you will know how far you can push things and how certain actions will then limit your ability to achieve your goals after the holidays are done.
Most importantly of all do what you can when you can.
Happy holidays 💖