The festive season is upon us! Whether you love Christmas or think it’s the worst time of the year, it can be stressful and occasional the day can take a turn for the worse!

From extra house guests to the pressure of cooking a perfect meal on the day, Christmas can be stressful but we want to ensure you have the best day possible.

Read on for our handy advice on how to reduce stress, enjoy the holidays, and have a fantastic day this Christmas day.

1. Get your family moving

Start the day with a leisurely walk with your family. Fresh air and exercise is good for everyone – even your four legged friends.

A short walk can be key to starting your day in a calm and peaceful manner and it’s a great opportunity to get the WHOLE family outside, together!

2. Remember to eat well

It’s very easy to forget about proper nutrition on Christmas day. We recommend starting the day with a good breakfast. This will give you energy to power through the preparations for Christmas lunch or dinner. When we don’t eat properly we can become easily irritated and small Christmas dilemmas can escalate. Give your body the fuel it needs to enjoy the celebrations.

3. Moderate your alcohol intake

Another trap that is easy to fall into – is the liquid diet. Celebrate Christmas by having a few drinks with friends and family, but remember to do so in moderation and never on an empty stomach.

A handy tip is to pick one beverage and stick to it throughout the day. When you mix drinks you’re likely to feel ill as your stomach processes the different types of alcohol. Alcohol can dehydrate the body, so keep up your water intake by having a glass between alcoholic beverages.

No one wants to be the family member who takes things too far with alcohol.

4. Plan games in advance

Reduce stress this Christmas day by planning games and activities in advance. There is nothing more stressful than realising you’re playing host to a houseful of people but you have nothing for them (especially the kids) to do.

Organise an indoor and outdoor option in case the weather changes. A game of backyard cricket after lunch is usually a hit. We also adore board games that encourage the whole family to bond. A bit of competition can be healthy.

Are you ready for a fantastic Christmas day? We are! Finally, remember that Christmas is about spending time with those you love and cherish. It’s not all about presents and sparkly lights.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Home Sorted!

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