7 Stress Busters For an Enjoyable Festive Season

It is the season of giving thanks and good will  to all men, however, the Festive Season can certainly not live up to it’s name and in fact it can become one of the most stressful times of the year.

We are full steam ahead for the Festive Season and I can see everyone starting to feel a little agitated. Carpark rage is in full swing as we battle for the elusive parking spot. Shopping hours are being extended and there is a feeling of anxiety and stress pervading our lives.

Sound familiar?

7 Stress Busters for the Festive Season

It doesn’t have to be this way and this year is the year to make the changes so you can enjoy the Festive Season with family and friends.  If you are hosting a lunch or dinner  don’t despair,  you can conquer the stress and anxiety associated with this special time of year with these simple stress busters.

Here are 7 Stress Busters that will make the Festive Season Fun

1. Planning is the Key 

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  • Make a list of all you have to do and then plan what needs to be done each week leading up to the day.
  • Check what you may have left over from last year such as unused Christmas Cards, decorations, wrapping paper etc so you don’t spend unnecessarily.
  • Decide what you will wear a few weeks ahead so you aren’t adding the stress of the day by not knowing what to wear.

2. Make a budget

This time of year can be dangerous for our finances.  Unfortunately, pressure to provide expensive toys, gifts for friends and family plus food and drink can certainly dent your savings. Budget concerns can stress you out especially when you receive the credit card statement in January!

It doesn’t have to be this way….

  • Make a budget for gifts, food, alcohol, decorations and any other expenses AND STICK TO IT!
  • Try making gifts for family and friends or put a $ limit on the amount you will spend for gifts.
  • Buy throughout the year – when you see something on sale buy it – put this on your to do list for the new year.
  • Plan for next year by allocating an amount to set aside each week

3. Menu

  • Plan a stress free menu so you aren’t stuck in the kitchen all day.
  • Do you really need to stick with tradition?  Why not start a new one?
  • Choose a menu that has some components which can be prepared in advance to save you time on the day
  • Ask family to bring a plate. We have a large family gathering the week before Christmas and now that our children are adults, I ask each couple to bring something to contribute to the meal.  I give them plenty of notice and let them know exactly what I want them to bring.  It certainly cuts down on the time spent in the kitchen when you could be enjoying the time with your family.

4. Gifts

  • Decide who you need to buy for.  Remember it is the thought that counts and this time of year can certainly ruin the budget.
  • If your family are adults, why not have a Secret Santa.  We do this and my daughter organises it through  a Secret Santa Organizer  We nominate an amount to be spent and we receive an email with the person who we are buying for.  We also have an area where we can write some ideas of what we would like.
  • Try to have a couple of extra gifts wrapped without name tags to have on hand if people drop in unannounced with a gift for you.

5. Shopping

Shopping can be a nightmare, especially if you leave it until the last moment.  Stress peaks as shoppers descend on the shopping malls, especially as time starts to run out.  Tempers are frayed and in the end it is all too hard.

  • Don’t leave it until the last moment.
  • Try shopping online for convenience
  • Try shopping out of peak time hours – such as first up in the morning or later in the day when crowds are minimal
  • If you have children arrange with a friend to mind them while you go shopping  and then return the favour.

6. Ask For Help

Don’t be a martyr and try and do it all!  Delegate and ask your family to help, you are entitled to enjoy the day as much as anyone so if someone offers to do something, let them!

7. Let Go & Relax

As the song goes ‘let it go, let it go’….  We all want the day to be perfect but what would happen if you relaxed and let go of your idea of the perfect day?  RELAX and try to remember the reason you are all together sharing love and happiness – that is the most important thing.

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29 thoughts on “7 Stress Busters For an Enjoyable Festive Season

  1. Fabiola Rodriguez

    You are so right! Too often, it’s the wives and mothers who take care of everything during the holiday season, but we also have the right to enjoy it. Thanks for the tips, I will be sure to apply as many of them as I can!

    1. sue Post author

      Exactly Fabiola! Everyone should be relaxing and enjoying themselves together. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day!

    1. sue Post author

      Hi Margaretha, yes it works quite well and cuts down on the amount of gifts to buy. Everyone decides on a limit so you can all budget easily. I’d love to hear how it goes. I have almost finished my Secret Santa thank goodness. Thanks for stopping by and have good day.

  2. Jebbica

    These are some great tips, Sue! So, dumb American question–you guys are just going into Summer, right? But Christmas is still the same time as it is here? I can’t imagine what that’s like! Thanks for sharing this on #FoodandFitnessFriday; I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. sue Post author

      Hi Jessica! You are not dumb!!!!!!! Yes it is hot at Christmas which doesn’t really fit into the theme of a White Christmas and cold weather. Ours is more beach, sun and surf. I’ve actually written a post about our Aussie Christmas so watch out for that.

  3. Jebbica

    Thanks, I will! I personally could get used to a Hawaiian shirt grilling outside Christmas. I wouldn’t mind warm weather year-round! The only good thing about winter in my opinion is the lack of bugs. Other than that, it just depresses me. Especially going into work when it’s dark outside and getting off work and it’s already dark again…no thank you!

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I actually have visited London and the US at Christmas and I love the cold weather but that is different from living there. You would love the sunshine in Australia.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh thanks for the opportunity to link up Teresa and also for pinning my post. I’ll be watching out for the features on Friday! Have a great week!

  4. Kathleen

    Thanks Sue, all these tips will work together to make a great holiday time. Planning meals ahead of time helps me so much to be calm on the day. Thank you so much for bringing this post to the Blogger’s Pit Stop. Every post adds value for us all. We love to see you enjoying the blogging experience. Whatever your blogging goals we hope you have found a piece of knowledge here that will help you going forward.
    Kathleen, Pit Stop Crew

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Kathleen! Yes I like to plan ahead and try to do most of the work the day before so on the day I can enjoy time with my family and friends. I’ll definitely be logging in to the PitStop that is for sure.

  5. Emma

    The biggest stressor for me is finding the time to see all the friends and loved ones. It’s hard saying no, but I have to remind myself numerous times between Thanksgiving and Christmas that it is okay if we have to decline an invitation if it means a less stressful holiday season for my family.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes it can be hard but people understand. Perhaps you can have some get-togethers in mid to late January to celebrate a new year? Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a Stress Free Festive Season

  6. heidi

    Great ideas! I don’t really stress over it since the kids are grown but I remember well. Online shopping is my thing now no way am I going out Christmas Shopping haha

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hello Heidi! Online shopping is certainly the way to go to avoid the car parking and crowded shopping malls nightmare!

  7. Mackenzie Glanville

    I tend to keep picking things up and then I forget what I got, I am trying to make it even (well as much as I can between the 3 kids) and I think you have inspired me to be more organised and keep a list of what I have and where I hid it lol

  8. candy

    Wonderful ideas to read over and plan before you even get started with the christmas season. Thank you for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers link party.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It can be stressful if we let it be, Candy but I do love this time of year. Thanks for the opportunity to link up at Blogging Grandmothers.

  9. Grammy Dee

    Great ideas Sue! Christmas should not be a time of stress but always ends up being so. I love buying for the grandbabies but buying for adults, even my grown children is such a hassle, not fun at all. Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party! We’ve shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes the ‘organizer’ usually doesn’t enjoy the day because they are running around after everyone else. It can be enjoyable though and glad you liked my ideas.

  10. Clearissa Coward

    Great ideas a\nd I am a list maker so I could definitely relate and see the value of your suggestions. Thank you for partying with #blogginggrandmothers. Your article has been stumbled.

  11. Melinda Mitchell

    Plan? Budget? Never heard of ’em! lol Or so you’d think.
    I did away with cards, and I don’t cook, so there’s that.
    I do love to shop!! And I do all year. I’m all done now, except for making 2 ornaments for my sister.
    Feels good to not have to be at the mall, dueling to the death!
    Blogging Grandmothers

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I try to get my shopping out the way early in December Melinda. Although we mainly just buy for the grandchildren and do Secret Santa for the adults. You are certainly well and truly ahead and organised. Put your feet up!


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