While the festive season is often portrayed as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, it can actually be a particularly difficult time for many Britons. The combination of preparing for various celebrations, allotting a budget to purchase gifts for loved ones and battling the frigid winter temperatures can all contribute to seasonal blues.
What’s worse, these festive season struggles typically lead to harmful consequences—including excess stress, seasonal depression and weight gain.
As you prepare to ‘deck the halls’ this year, don’t let seasonal blues stop you from enjoying the celebration. Use these tips to reduce wintertime stressors and avoid unhealthy festive season habits.
- Ask for help—Hosting festive parties can easily become an overwhelming task. With this in mind, be sure to ask your loved ones for help when you need it. This might include having them help you set up your festive decorations or asking each person to bring a food dish to the celebration rather than making an entire meal on your own.
- Establish a budget—Prior to any festive season shopping trips, make sure you determine a reasonable budget. Remember that a hefty price tag doesn’t buy happiness, especially if that cost will lead to financial concerns for months to come. If you are having trouble sticking to your budget:
- Shop around to find the best deals on your desired items. Be on the lookout for sales.
- Consider making homemade gifts this year.
- Ask your loved ones if they would be willing to participate in a gift exchange.
- Say ‘no’ if you need to—Although you might feel pressured to say ‘yes’ every time your friends and family ask you to participate in festive season plans, your loved ones will understand if you need to take a breather. Try to incorporate alone time in your daily schedule to de-stress (eg listening to music, reading a book or taking a walk).
- Keep a healthy routine—More than anything, be sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the festive season. This includes eating a proper diet, drinking plenty of water and getting regular exercise
Have a great Festive season from all of us at TH March.