Five Top Tips To Avoiding Christmas Related Stress

We love Christmas here at Eventa. Not only do we love sourcing some of the best Christmas parties for you and your friends to enjoy,  but we also love helping people with our hints and tips for making the whole Christmas period fun!

Christmas can be a stressful time as you rush around planning, partying and trying to get everything ready for the big day. Too much stress can mean you wake up Boxing Day exhausted, wondering where on earth the month went. Christmas is a special time of the year, and we want you to have as much fun as possible this holiday season with as little stress as possible. Bearing that in mind, we’ve put together some hints and tips to help you stay as cool as cucumber this Christmas.

 

1. Get a pen and paper… and plan

A little preparation can go a long way at Christmas time and half an hour with a notepad can save you a lot of stress later on. Make some time to have a cup of tea, sit down and plan the month ahead. Get a calendar for all your Christmas parties, and don’t forget to plan when you’re going to fit in that important Christmas shopping and tree buying.

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2. Work out a Christmas budget

It’s so easy to get caught up in the festive feeling and overspend at Christmas, you see something you know your aunty would love, and you forget that you’ve already bought her the Russian dolls and a Terry’s chocolate orange.

Before you know it, there are a pile of receipts building up and you can feel overwhelmed at your spending. It’s worth figuring out a budget for all the things you’ll have to be buying at Christmas, and then trying to stick to it. Keeping a little notebook of everything you’ve spent will also help remind you if you’re on budget or not.

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3. Don’t wait till the last minute for your Christmas shopping

Considering it’s a time for giving, one of the most stressful experiences can be Christmas shopping, usually because it’s been left too late and you find yourself racing round the shops on Christmas eve in a panic. Make sure you get your shopping done early, make it even easier and shop online for your gifts. It will give you more time to get out there and enjoy the party season!

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4. Get ready for your family…

Christmas is often a time when families come together, which is lovely, until your mum starts asking about your love life and your dad just asks you what you’re going to do with your life. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for these little things and remember that Christmas is about peace and goodwill to everyone, which includes your little brother… unfortunately.

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5. Make some time for you…

Don’t forget to take some time out of the hustle and bustle of Christmas parties and festive preparations to have a little “me” time. With so much going on it can feel like you’re being pulled in all directions so make sure you find some time to relax, remember that the happier you are, the better company you’ll be to others!

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Eight ways to relax after a stressful day at work

If you’re feeling particularly stressed at work, it can be difficult to relax once you get home in the evenings – you may even have trouble sleeping because you’re worried about your workload or perhaps you’ve got a big day ahead of you. If this sounds like you, then you need to discover the art of slowing down your mind and learning to unwind. With that in mind, we’ve outlined eight ways to help you relax after a stressful day at work and enjoy some much-needed you time.

1. Explore Mindfulness

Mindfulness has soared in popularity recently and there is great evidence for its stress and anxiety reducing benefits. But if you’ve not heard of it before, mindfulness can be described as the state of simply being, focusing on the present moment and being aware of what’s happening inside us and around us at that very moment. It allows us to reconnect with our bodies and awaken our senses to sounds, sights, tastes and feelings that are going on in the here and now. With practice, mindfulness is beneficial in helping us to simply observe our thought processes and stand back from our train of thought.

If you haven’t tried mindfulness before, then it’s certainly something that’s worthwhile in trying and there are plenty of excellent apps around which will start you on your mindfulness journey. Headspace is brilliant app where you’ll be able to learn the basics of meditation, which will help you learn how to train your brain for a happier and healthier life. Headspace offers 10 meditation sessions for free, so it’s the perfect introduction to mindfulness and won’t cost you a pretty penny!

2. Enjoy a soak in the bath

There’s nothing better than running yourself a nice hot bubble bath and enjoying a long soak. If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation, then how about adding some candles, turning the lights off and playing some soothing spa music?

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3. Switch off

Once work has finished, then it’s time to switch off from the day’s events both mentally and physically. If you normally respond to work emails on your commute home or do further work in your living room, then it’s time to stop. Switch off your work mobile and don’t be tempted to load up your laptop to check your inbox.

The evening is your time to relax and focus your energy into something of your choosing – you’ll never be able to unwind if you don’t allow yourself to detach from your working day. So break the habit and enjoy some ‘you’ time, you really do owe it to yourself!

4. Hit the gym

The gym is the perfect way to release everything that you’ve put into the day and if you’re feeling particularly stressed. It’s great for burning off that energy and releasing some endorphins after a long day which will help you feel happier. You don’t have to spend hours sweating away, but a 30-minute run on the treadmill is ideal for getting that endorphin buzz and will help you unwind after your day of work.

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5. Read a book

There’s no better way to escape the chaos of reality than getting stuck into a good book. It’s fantastic for slowing down your mind and discovering another world. Once you’ve had a hot bath or shower, slip into some cosy pajamas and get comfy – you could even enjoy a glass of wine whilst you’re at it!

6. Eat and drink well

Make sure you nurture your body with good, wholesome foods. Ditch the processed foods and cut down on refined sugars. Stick with foods that are rich in tryptophan such as turkey, cheese, eggs, fish and oats, as these will then be converted into serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel good! Also ensure that you drink six to eight glasses of water a day which will keep you hydrated and feeling good all day long!

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7. Get some sleep

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night to help aid with stress relief. When we’re sleep deprived, it can be hard to think straight and make decisions. Ensure that your bedroom is clean and clutter free so that you feel relaxed before bed. A messy room can make your mind feel chaotic, so a clean and tidy room can help with a stress-free mind!

8. Treat yourself to a massage

Enjoying a massage is the perfect treat for the mind, body and soul and is ideal for ridding yourself of pesky knots, tensions and stress. Massage has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and also encourages a restful sleep. In addition. it’s also been known to help ease headaches too. Get yourself booked in for a treatment at the end of a particularly stressful week or if money’s a bit tight for regular professional massages, then why not invest in a massage chair or a heat mat?

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If you’re looking to organise a summer or Christmas party in 2017, then don’t let yourself get stressed out searching for the perfect venue – visit Eventa where you’ll be provided with results based on your party requirements.  Once you spot a venue you like, simply send an enquiry through and from there, you’ll be contacted by the venue who will help you further!