Christmas should be a time for celebration and festive joy. But, for many families, it can also be a time of stress and anguish.

Luckily for you, we’ve put together our top tips for surviving Christmas stress this holiday season.

Limit your expectations

It’s easy to get caught up thinking that this Christmas will be bigger and better than the last. Instead of feeling disappointed, we recommend being realistic when planning your expectations for the big day.

For example, if your family bickers throughout the year, there is a strong chance that they will behave the same way throughout Christmas. By giving yourself time to mentally prepare and adjusting your expectations accordingly you can help reduce any associated stress.

Doesn’t that sound great?

Maintain daily habits during the holidays

Do you have a daily habit that helps reduce stress or keep your mental wellbeing in check? Maybe you enjoy reading each evening before bed or skimming the newspaper with a cup of coffee every morning?

Don’t let these daily habits get pushed aside with holiday chores.

It’s very easy to let your daily habits slip when celebrating the festive season, but it’s more important to keep a level of normalcy in your day. The same goes for maintaining regular meal times and exercise. They both work wonders for your body. And any activity that helps keep your emotions in check should be prioritised!

Know when to slow down

Remember to listen to your body during the holiday season. If you feel your stress levels starting to rise, excuse yourself and take a moment to regroup.

Deep breathing exercises can be a lifesaver during the holidays because they can be practiced at any time, even when around family members.

Simply breath in deeply through your nose and hold for 15 seconds, then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Repeat this process for a few minutes to reduce symptoms.

Remember to have fun

Finally, always remember to have fun! Gather the kids of your family and play a game of backyard cricket. Watching a Christmas movie. Sing carols. Bake cookies. The options really are endless.

We all know that Christmas can be a stressful time of the year, but with a few conscious changes you can remember to have fun and ensure the holiday joy remains intact!