Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves ….
Christmas is such a hectic time of year from the busy shopping trips to the endless stresses of present buying and financial demands this time of year puts on us all. It can soon take its toll and take the joy out of what is expected to be a happy time of year.
I must admit I’ve been that one person in past years rushing round on Christmas eve trying to get that last minute present that’s been out of stock since the beginning of December or stressing about cooking the perfect dinner, Christmas can be stressfull!!
Putting that much pressure on ourselves is a recipe for disaster and is really not needed. We seriously need to give ourselves a break and simple enjoy time with friends and family.
This year I’m really trying to focus on taking it slow and on whats important to me at Christmas. Enjoy the here and now, lower my own expectations and spend less time worrying about the materialistic aspects of Christmas.
Christmas for me is about spending time with my family, taking some time out from the business of every day life and enjoying the slower days. Of course I’ll still be buying presents and cooking Christmas dinner but hopefully not stressing over the little things that frankly don’t matter.
Will the kids be happy with their presents ? Have we got enough food? Does everything and everyone look picture perfect ?? ….
Everyone celebrates Christmas in their own way, some for its religious meaning, some for the excitement of buying and receiving gifts or maybe it’s just one big party.
Not everyones into Christmas and for some it can be a lonely time of year and you may well find the whole experience too much. Whether you’ve had a particularly bad year, you’ve lost a loved one or life is just a bit tough at the moment. Spend your Christmas how you wish and don’t feel the need to live up to everyone elses expectations.
Everyone is different and know matter what you think about Christmas or how you decide to spend yours spend it how you want. Please don’t stress about cooking the perfect dinner or upholding certain tradition’s. Focus on whats important to you in your life and stop comparing your Christmas to someone elses. Slow it down a little and enjoy it the time whatever you do.
I am the worlds worst for constantly checking my phone but unplugging, switching off and taking a break from social media can really help take the pressure out of Christmas. We need to stop comparing our Christmas to someone else’s. After sending season greeting on Christmas morning my phone is going to be left on the side where it will stay for the rest of the day.
Get your cosy on, light the candles pull out the blankets and snuggle on sofa.
Get outdoors and take a walk whether it’s with family, friends or on your own with the pooch. A nice walk in the fresh air will help to blow those stresses away and take your mind off everything.
Have fun, pop on the Christmas music and have a dance around the kitchen. Try to enjoy the magic of Christmas and focus less on the your to do list.
Focus on what you can control and try not to stress about things you can not change.
We all do Christmas our own way so no matter how you choose to spend yours, cut yourself some slack and try to take the pressure off a little.
What does Christmas mean to you and your family? I’d love to know.
Do you put too much pressure on yourself this time of year ?
Until next time