Christmas – it’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? At least, it starts out that way, until the festive merriment catches up with you and you end up with a stinking cold, a suffering bank balance, and stress levels that are off the charts.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season and end up exhausted and burnt out before the big day arrives, but with a couple of conscious changes and mindset shifts, it’s possible to find joy and serenity during the festive period.

Here are our top tips to help you stay healthy, happy and calm during the busiest time of year…

Take control of your diary

Social commitments come thick and fast at this time of year, and if you’re not careful, you can end up with something in the diary every single day. Spend some time reviewing your plans for the weeks ahead, and try to carve out some time just for you. It’s so tempting to say yes to everything, but if you don’t take some time out to rest and recharge, the festive period will feel more like an endurance test than a time of celebration.

Prioritise healthy habits

If we’re not mindful, the Christmas period can wreak havoc with our diets, sleeping patterns and exercise plans, which can leave us feeling tired and sluggish. Tucking into some yummy food or staying up late celebrating with friends and family is all part of the festive fun, but continuing to prioritise your healthy habits will work wonders for your mood and mental health during the busy season. Batch cook some nutritious meals for your freezer, stretch it out with some yoga, or simply commit to getting an early night a couple of times a week – any little helps.

 

Plan ahead and prepare

With so many commitments and plans filling our diaries, Christmas can switch from joyful to overwhelming pretty quickly, but with some planning and preparation, it’s possible to stay calm and find joy amongst the chaos. The key here is to get ahead – make lists of the gifts you need to buy, mark any key dates or plans on your calendar so you don’t forget anything, and share the load with your partner or friends where you can.

Limit the screen time

We could probably all benefit from spending less time on our phones, but Christmas is a really great time to commit to limiting the screen time. With less time spent scrolling Instagram, you’ll be more present for your loved ones, less likely to fall into the nasty comparison trap, and you’ll probably find that you have more of that precious time we’re all craving more of during this busy season.

Enjoy the moment

Finally – Christmas comes but once a year, so take some time to slow down and truly enjoy the moment. Soak up the opportunity to hang out with the people you love, marvel at the twinkly lights that make those dark winter nights so much more magical, and feel the love during the season of goodwill.