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The January sales, Does anyone else get a slight tingle of excitement at the thought of the reductions on nice things?
The funny thing about Christmas is that we spend an absolute fortune all for one day! to then rush out the next day to a week, to spend even more money on things that we probably do not need! We just love a good old bargain! Am I right?
So let’s talk January sale tips you need to know!
Pre Christmas tip – You need to know!
Shops often mark the items with a random letter and number that they are planning to place in the January sales. These will normally be written on the item label, something like ‘S16’, Often in biro. Avoid paying out on these if it is something you’d rather purchase cheaper in the sales.
Only spend what you can afford.
Look, Let’s get real for a minute. How many times have you spent out in the January sales, and left yourself out of pocket for the whole of January? ending up as feeling the longest month, days feel like weeks and weeks just feel like there never gonna end!
Save yourself some of the pain and give yourself a budget when heading out to the sales.
Stick to your budget & avoid the credit card!
It might be on sale, and it might be a really awesome addition to the wardrobe. Now is the time more than ever to stop making purchases outside of your means.
Avoid using the credit card! Maxing out your card, not only puts you in a worse financial situation, it can prevent you from a decent credit score in the future. Meaning financial back up when it is really needed may not become available to you.
Ask yourself, Do you really need it?
Is it that you really need that new top, or do you just like the price of it? You should only be spending your money on things that you genuinely like, need and know that you are going to be able to get plenty of use of! It is so easy to get embraced in the price of something when you’ve headed sale shopping.
Plan ahead, Where are you going?
Sale shopping is serious business. Crowds of shoppers, all doing the same rummaging that you are, trying to look for the best bargains to take home. A lot of the time not having a clue what it is they are looking for.
And. Going shopping for the day in main town centres are the most hectic places to be. Especially before the new year hits, whilst everyone is still off work. Thousands of people all having the same idea of getting some Bargains in, and making a day out of it.
List the things you genuinely need so that you can shop with purpose.
There is no harm in heading into the sales with a plan of stuff you need to find! It is a perfect time to buy things that you have needed for a while but has not been able to afford because money always tight (That definitely includes us).
Avoid shopping in the usual places!
If you think about it, why would you buy from the places that you usually by from! Check out the places you would usually say are more expensive! If there are specific shops that you love! but don’t often by from, these are the shops you are gonna want to be in!
Do a price check!
Especially when it comes to the more expensive items that you’re considering on spending out on, it is so worth doing a price check. I do like to check Amazon.
And finally, remember this. The January sales are not your only chance of getting a bargain.
The January sales are every year alongside so many more sales that happen throughout the year! if you can not afford it, you might be able to afford it later.
Most retailers, hold numerous sales throughout the year, as they want to encourage sales to maintain their business! No need to get in a stress when you do not need to be!
We all love the idea of having the perfect festive night in, but what does this actually mean? I was sat in the car earlier when I came up with the idea for posting about this. So Today I am sharing my thought on the ingredients to a perfect festive night in.
You will need.
1 set of cosy pyjamas.
Your favourite mug and a hot chocolate.
Cosy throw to snuggle under.
Choice of snacks.
Winter smelling candle.
The tv remote.
First things first.
Have yourself a nice warm shower or bath. Get dressed into your cosiest snuggly pyjamas. Oh, and of course pamper yourself a little with a decent face mask. My ideal would be a bath bomb from lush. then a clay facemask.
Treat yourself to a takeout dinner.
Never mind cooking, tonight is all about chilling and relaxing with you and your loved one, or just you.
So order your favourite food to enjoy, and then add in a few munchies to enjoy throughout the night!
Ensure you have made your film evening space nice and cosy.
A tidy space, with just everything you need around you. It does make a massive difference to actually being able to unwind. Get comfy and cosy, oh and definitely add in a throw, to snuggle under.
Put on your favourite Christmas movie.
It doesn’t have to be a festive one, but since it is this close to Christmas now, having a festive night with sparkling tree in the background. Candles lit and the atmosphere. Especially if you are cuddled up with your loved one.
Snuggle up with your loved ones.
Spending time with your loved ones this time of year is so important. Cuddling up and spending time just being is so good for your connections with your loved ones. Sometimes we just need to take the time to reconnect. Life is stressful. Especially the year we have had.
Forget your phone, forget your work, forget any stresses you have going on right now! Switch off and unwind. The perfect atmosphere does not need your phone going off.
The christmas holiday is my favourite time of the year. Festive cheer, feeling merry (normally on gin) and sparkly lights everywhere…
So Today I am excited to be answering questions from the Christmas holiday tag.
What’s your favourite Christmas Movie?
Especially since I’ve been with Emma I have had such a soft spot for all of the Christmas movies. Emma loves them and will happily start watching them around October time. I specifically love any Christmas movie that has a bit of magical romance in.
Yep I’m one of those mushy ones.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
No. I wish! To be honest I am so jealous of places like America where it actually snows over the Christmas period. I would love a white Christmas. I bet it would feel so magical.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
The past few years my family have come over to us for Christmas Day.
This year is the first Christmas where we are spending it in our first home. My parents and brother will be here too. I can’t wait.
I don’t really think it’s about where you spend the holiday. It’s who you spend it with.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
The minute I hear the jingles of Mariah Carey.
Ohhhhhhh. I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need.
It is and always has been my favourite Christmas tune.
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
We sometimes open just one present. Normally the pyjamas we have gotten each other. So we can wear them to bed and lounge around in a new cosy set for Christmas morning.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Um no…. Rudolph is one… Dasher… Vixen… Prancer… and thats it, I cant think of who the other ones are.
What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
making home made mince pies with Emma. Then eating the lush parsley balls on Christmas Day that have been a traditional dish in her family for years. They are amazing.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
fake. But it’s a beautiful tree. One year I would like to share the experience of having a real tree in our house though.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
So as I just mentioned. Em’s family dish of parsley balls have been a real treat the past few years. But I’ve always enjoyed creamed cabbage and bacon. Jamie Oliver recipe which my mum makes perfectly.
Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Its definitely the giving during the Christmas holiday that I love the most. I love watching the persons face who is receiving the gift light up!
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
I am lucky and so very grateful to have received so many beautiful and lovely gifts throughout my life already. I will always remember my first laptop though. It was funny because 2 weeks after Christmas, my dad was trying to fix the screen and ended up breaking the whole of it, meaning it had to be replaced again within the month!
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I think Lapland or Iceland would be the top 2. But I think Id swap them for a chance to visit somewhere hot at the same time.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m one of the in between wrappers. I start of with all good intentions to have every single present wrapped to perfection. After a few presents though I seem to loose my rug with them.
Most memorable Christmas moment?
the memory of finding out we were going to Disney for the new year as children. It was such a beautiful trip. And the excitement was unreal.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
To be honest, I knew way before me and my dad had a chat for it, but I remember my response being. ‘we have got to keep it a secret’ referring to the fact my brother way still very young.
What makes the holidays special for you?
being with my loved ones, and just enjoying our time together.
I would like to nominate these lovely people to take part:
this hoodie is at the top of my list because it’s actually cute. And the fact that it is a proper hoodie! Sometimes wearing a wooden Christmas jumper is so irritable on your skin. It’s awful. plus wearing a hoodie is pretty normal since most of my wardrobe consists of hoodies. so anyway, yes. This hoodie is my favourite and I need it… but now we can move on to the actual winners of the ugly Christmas jumpers.
well, I’m not surprised this made it to the online stores this year. After the year that we have had it’s just what you expect to see, isn’t it? I mean it’s only right after the elf on the shelf had to isolate for 2 weeks before he could start spreading some naughty amusement that we would have our festive gingerbread men wearing a face covering.
Moving on to a more traditional looking jumper with a quote from one of my favourite Christmas movies. Home alone. this isn’t to bad for an ugly Christmas jumper. In fact, it’s quite smart looking with its black and white colours.
this is your plain and simple, classic Tesco’s, value Christmas jumper. Does anyone else remember when their value food was packaged exactly the same way? whilst being a brilliant ugly Christmas jumper I like the humour in giving this as a Christmas gift to the person you usually gift a jumper too.
This jumper literally has this Christmas already summarised for us. Christmas time, socially distancing and wine. It’s just the reality of wine mixing with social distancing is bleak. I would happily wear this jumper.
I used to have this jumper! I have no idea where it is. It used to be one of the favourites though so I had to include it in my list. make anyone’s head look like they’re coming from a Christmas elf’s body. Perfect.
This is honestly the best, most impractical, hilarious ugly Christmas jumper, almost ever, In my opinion. I’d definitely recommend daring 2 of your friends to wear the jumper for the full evening. It will be a hilarious thing ever once they have had a few drinks.
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When I started thinking about blogmas posts and what I wanted to include this year, I was quite excited at the thought of writing a few gift guides. Then when it came to who I wanted to write gift guides for. I thought what better than writing a gift guide for the blogger in your life. I already have brought so much of my Amazon account towards my blogging. So a few of these I am really passionate about. Especially when it comes to useful gifts, the others are a few things that I have on my wish list in the hope to purchase myself soon. So let’s get started… Here is my recommendations of Gift ideas for bloggers.
The only gift guide you could possibly need for the blogger in your life.
when it comes to blogging I use a range of devices to keep my blog going. I generally use my iPad when I am out and about or in bed, so I currently have this keyboard on my wish list. The pretty pink style is so aesthetically pleasing also!
I am obsessed with my LED ring light tripod. It makes creating videos and photos a breeze. The light simply plugs into a USB port, normally I plug mine into my laptop! And I use this the most for creating cute craft videos when I need too.
Bloggers love mugs as it is but this cute little miss Blogger mug is the perfect gift ideas for bloggers. it says exactly what they do on the tin!. Plus keeping them caffeinated whilst working on their blog is something that honestly is appreciated. Believe me.
When it came to thinking about my gift ideas for bloggers, I wanted to include things that would be useful for the blogger with their photos. Media is really important for blogging after all. Felt letter boards are something I am completely obsessed with! especially for creating flat-lay images with! You can create whatever message you want and add a few props around the board for a really nice pic to upload for the blog. I have a few letter boards now. I like to write positive messages on them when I can, or countdowns to things we are looking forward too. It’s an idea a blogger, influencer or vlogger will love.
having a decent microphone when you are creating video media is essential. It’s all very well having a decent picture but if nobody can understand what you’ve got to say they won’t be tuning back in in the future. this cute little condenser microphone clips to your clothes and allows recordings to be clear with little sound distortion.
This is an amazing tool for taking photos of things with a clear and non-hectic background. I have used mine for around a year now, I love the fact I can use optional backgrounds depending on what I am shooting, and I would highly recommend this to bloggers. Since even if you don’t have a camera, and are using your phone to take images, the lighting and optional top access allows professional like photos to be taken.
One thing I highly rate is vision and memo boards, and it’s nice to have a board to work with when it comes to tracking your goals and creating vision boards. This cute little set would suit any blogger, all they need to do is fill it with things that keep them positive and inspired.
one thing is for certain. If you blog, then chances are you are on your devices a lot, and I mean hours at a time. The thing with computers is even laptops should be used on a suitable surface such as a desk. Laptop stands not only keep your laptop safe from overheating but it also allows you to position yourself in the most comfortable position whilst working.
if you know me your know how obsessed I am with making notes and lists.
Notebooks are always a simple but well appreciated present to a blogger… we go through countless amounts of note-taking, idea jotting, researching. I can fill up a full notebook in a short amount of time.
if they own an iPad, then an Apple Pencil could change the game for them! Open even more doors to there content, etc. Being able to draw your own graphics, be even more creative and take notes and things digitally! This is an amazing tool.
finally, a tablet stand may sound simple but it’s the perfect desk accessory. Especially now that your iPad can connect with your Apple Mac to allow for split-screen functionality. Having an iPad that slips down constantly won’t have to be a bug-bear for them anymore.
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It’s been a crazy year, and if I’m not mistaken December feels just as cray, but with the added stress of Christmas luring in the background. We’re all hoping for the perfect Christmas this year. To enjoy time with our families. We would normally be already out and about shopping, partying and all the rest, but this year we lost a month in lockdown… ah. So we need to consider our Self-Care just as much so today I am sharing self-care ideas for Christmas.
We all know that Christmas isn’t going to be exactly the same this year. But let’s not get worse off by not looking after ourselves, I’m the chaos to organise the slightly different Christmas we are having.
Remembering that the Self-Care ideas for Christmas are not just about making sure you take care of yourself, but also make sure that we also take care of our mental well-being.
Simple Self Care Ideas for christmas, that anyone can do…
Have a fireplace ASMR video playing in the background.
This is my top and favourite suggestion for this whole post! I am not gonna lie, ASMR videos are so peaceful and helpful for your mental wellbeing and mindfulness. Having a video of a crackling fire streaming on the TV really does create a calm and soothing atmosphere. My favourite video on youtube is the Burning fireplace with crackling fire sounds by virtual fireplace.
Stream the video on the TV whilst cuddled up with a hot drink and chill.
Have a pyjama & Duvet day.
Stop feeling the pressure to get up and be productive everyday. Set yourself a day to snuggle in your pyjamas, stay indoors and sit under your favourite duvet/blanky. No one expects you to be on the go 24/7.
Taking the day for yourself to do nothing is sometimes the best thing to do for your own self care. It is in no way a waste of a day. Chilling out is something that we all need to do from time to time. Winter is a hectic period and most of the time you can find yourself on the go non stop! So dont forget to take a break and revitalise for you.
Wear your cosy slippers whenever possible.
This is one of my favourites for self care ideas for Christmas…
Oh, that feeling of getting indoors and taking those uncomfy shoes off and sliding into your slippers. It gives your feet a tingly warm sensation! keep to your comfy slippers. Not only are they cosy, and comfortable. They keep you warm in the house in the winter months! nobody likes the shivers of a freezing cold floor.
Light a soothing and winter smelling candle.
If you know me, this won’t be a surprise for you. I am always mentioning how candles are good for your wellbeing. It is all to do with the senses. The gentle sound of the crackling wick that calms anxiety, the cosy little light that that candle brings when lit, and that’s without even mentioning the lush smells that the candles give off. Since its winter, stick the wintery smells such as my favourite scent by Yankee, warm & cosy.
Read a book.
There is something even more comforting about reading a book in the winter! Cosy hot drinks, not going out and watching the falling rain at the window. I mean it is the good old British weather, hey? Taking time to relax with a decent book is a brilliant self-care idea for Christmas.
Make a pillow fort to chill in.
If you are bored inside why not challenge yourself to create a cosy pillow fort with your loved ones. Grab your blankets, your pillows, Throw in some fairy lights, and get cosy in your own comfy sanctuary.
Cuddle up and watch your favourite film, or even a christmasy one. Enjoy your time hidden from the rest of the world.
Enjoy a luxury hot chocolate.
When it hits winter I am big on the hot chocolate! of course. Does not matter if its twinning’s hot chocolate, Galaxy or Tassimo made Cadbury’s… Which are all lush, I love a cosy hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate is a calming drink, and is wonderful for you to drink during the day! Cocoa in general can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. However it does depend on the one you drink.
Enjoy some seasonal festivities.
No matter what the circumstances are this year, there are still festive activities available for you to attend, whilst following government guidelines.
Check out your local newspapers and online updates to find out where these are still going ahead. Getting out of the house, and enjoying what you can this year, is still important. For your mental health and your physical wellbeing.
Use warm towels, straight from the dryer.
Oh that snuggly warm feeling!
I love it, When you pull out the warm clothes from the dryer. Your hands sink in to a warm pile of soft fabrics. Having a warm towel fresh from the dryer, is a heavenly experience… Especially after stepping out of a hot shower into the cold air.
Organise the winter wardrobe.
I love sorting out the wardrobe from season to season, folding and putting away all the summer bits and getting out the winter warmers. I’m a sucker for a cosy chunky knit and for leggings in the winter. The scarfs come out and so do the winter boots. With my chunky hoodies and comforts. I love to keep organised and put everything I need for the season at easy access. Besides no one wants to be rushing to get ready one morning and having to sieve through the strappy and cold clothes.
Reflect on the past year, and set your new goals.
Well, this year, has been a rollercoaster and that is probably an understatement for 2020. Min-due most years are pretty hectic and normally more fun to be fair.
This is a perfect time now before the new year comes in talking through your memories. Scrapbook what you want to never forget, and take time to accept the things that haven’t been in your control.
Stay organised for Christmas.
One thing that is brilliant for looking after yourself is staying organised and on top of things, we all know how busy this time of year gets, so staying organised where possible keeps you from getting even more stressed. I’ve already spoke a little bit this Blogmas, about avoiding Christmas, but when it comes to self-care and Christmas. Looking after your wellbeing is so important.
Keep well hydrated.
It stuck in my mind, what a nurse said to me whilst I was at an appointment last week. Our bodies are like flowers. We hydrate ourselves so that we can flourish. Just like a plant needs water to survive, so do we. So just because it’s colder weather, and the temptation is to have that extra coffee because your cold, think of how you need to be hydrated to stay well also.
Spend time with your loved ones.
The winter months can be depressing as well as they can be lovely. Especially when it’s freezing cold, or even raining. It’s impossible to organise anything with friends at the best of times. Especially where social distancing comes in to play! As long as you can, arrange to meet with your loved ones at a social distance and catch up with a coffee in the park. Staying connected is a big part of self care. For all of us.
Have a declutter before the Christmas chaos.
Decluttering is something we can all do to improve our positivity. No one likes to be surrounded by too much stuff. And as the Christmas holiday and January sale period tend to leave us with so much stuff to what we already owned having a declutter to prepare is the perfect option.
Even down to the food cupboards. So you know exactly what it is you have in the house.
Spend some well owed time on your hobbies.
well since it isn’t the summer anymore and we’re even more confined to out houses more than normal. it doesn’t matter what your hobbies are. We all know that sometimes life gets too busy to be able to actually enjoy your hobbies. Taking time to do the things you enjoy doing is a massive thing for your positivity and inspires you to do other things.
Set up your new year planners.
My favourite pass time of the winter. Getting your planners, goals/ambitions for the new year written out and organised. It’s a December tradition for me. I normally have a couple of planners and calendars on the go. I always fill in birthdays and anniversaries before anything else. And I quite enjoy transferring them to the new planner. I can’t wait to get my hands on a vertical happy planner for 2021.
Make extra effort to speak to your loved ones.
If there is one thing that this year, and being in lockdown has taught us more than anything is how important our connections with others are. How lucky we are to have this thing called technology. Yeah, it can be a pain at times but it gives us the ability to stay connected with people. Even if it’s a simple reply to someone’s Facebook status, or alike on their photo. You might find that that action led to someone feeling comforted by your presence. We all have been going through struggles more than anything this year. Supporting others just proves that no one is ever really alone.
Focus on your self love
you are amazing, you are beautiful and you are gonna kick-ass to the future you to come. make sure you remember to take time for yourself during the busy period and remind yourself why you love you. I get it can be hard to remember sometimes. But write a list of everything you love about you right now.
Take a nap.
when you’ve been having a hectic day or week, and in most cases months, remember to get the rest you really need. you should never feel guilty for feeling tired and wanting to get an hours sleep every now and then! Do it for you, your body and your mind.
Get some fresh air in your lungs.
finally. Remember to get some fresh air into your lungs whenever possible! This year hasn’t filled us with opportunities to get out and about, but sometimes just a 10-minute walk can do wonders. Self-care is about looking after one’s self, so remember it’s ok to have to get out of the house and go for a walk. A change of scenery does everyone some good.
Do you have any self-care ideas for Christmas period that you swear by! I would love to hear them in the comments below.
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Buying Christmas gifts for the opposite sex can be a challenge at the best of times, especially when it’s the general family gifts and there are only a few men to buy for. You know them, but you don’t know where to start when it comes to buying for them. I thought with Blogmas going well this year it was about time I shared some gift guides to help you guys get through the chaos that is Christmas shopping. So in today’s post, I am sharing some pretty awesome Christmas gift ideas for him, to make the stressful Christmas shopping a little less stressful.
Christmas gift ideas for him to get your hands on…
Beautiful fleece-lined gloves by Salt & Hyde.
These beautiful fleece-lined gloves make a smart winter warmer for them. They are beautifully designed. You can check out these gloves and many more beautiful products from Trendhim.
I’m not gonna lie, I do think of pens when I think of gifts for the men in our family. My dad lives in a house full of pens, but if you think he can find his own for one minute, you have another thing coming.
Parker is a beautiful brand of pens, and this set is such a reasonable price to bring joy to a loved one.
This T-shirt really speaks out to me, novelty t-shirts based on their personality make a brilliant gift for your loved ones!
I mean besides the fact that who doesn’t relate to hating a crap wifi/battery or a loading sign that doesn’t load. Novelty t-shirts are something we all have a secret love for! Amazon is the perfect place to get something that is personalised to them.
If they wear glasses then this is the perfect bedside gift for them. This holder gives them a safe space to leave their glasses at the end of the day, and it looks pretty trendy too. I am constantly taking my glasses off and loosing them by the morning because I have no idea where they have got too. So basing my own experiences this would be the perfect present for anyone who wheres glasses daily!
Everyone loves a bit of music! These portable Bluetooth speakers are perfect for bringing the music to the memories!
Portable bluetooth speakers are so handy! Easy to shove in the bottom of the bag for when you don’t know that you are going to need them! it doesn’t take very long to charge and isn’t a bad looking speaker!
If they have a beard, what could be better than a beard/self-care kit for them? This one contains cute scissors in the shape of a bird! would they be bothered by this? maybe, maybe not, but as it goes for reasonable gift ideas for him, this is a pretty handy one!
Anyone else has a man in their life that has the inability to stay organised? Getting them a planner is the perfect organisational hint that you could give! A smart, plain planner will be perfect for him!
To be honest you do not need to be a him to expect a Lynx set in your stocking this year! Its pretty much a Christmas right of passage.
So thats it from me when it comes to ‘useful gift ideas for him’. If you have any other suggestions of what would make some perfect Christmas gift ideas for him that drop me a comment below! I can’t wait to surprise our loved ones with the things that are coming there way this year! but I am always on the hunt for some more ideas for things that could put a smile on there face…
Every year we can feel our blood pressure being raised as it is time to face the Christmas season. There’s so much you have to, barely any time to do it, the cost seems to get more and more each year, and you literally have no money to do it on, even though somehow we manage to pull it off, every single year we seem to get more and more stressed and closer to pulling our hair out. So, what can we do to ease the seasonal stress this year?
How to avoid the dreaded seasonal stress…
Remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Firstly, and the most important thing to take away from this post, if nothing else. Take a moment and remember the true meaning of Christmas, the real reason why we do this every year.
It’s not about getting the biggest and most expensive presents, or about how much food and drink we have. we are so lucky to receive anything at all. Our loved ones buy as gifts to show their love, and appreciation of that person.
Keep organised and plan ahead.
If you know me, you will probably know that organisation is something I am hot on. I am often ready with a planner, notebook and a pen ready to organise any project or event. And I am no different when it comes to Christmas. Present lists, card lists, shopping lists and to-do lists. Recipes planned out, and prep is done whenever possible. Ensuring I keep on top of as much as I can when it comes to the Christmas time chaos. Keeping lists of what you’ve brought and who it’s for is the best list to keep! Literally making it so easy when it comes to wrapping up the presents and checking who they were actually brought for.
And then try to remain on plan.
It’s all very well organising, planning and probably making an insane amount of lists, it’s time to actually follow your plan. Remind You planned it this way for a reason. That reason was to make your life easier whilst getting it all done.
Don’t leave everything till the last minute.
Obvious, but sometimes needed advice. It’s so easy sometimes to fall into a trap of ‘oh there’s plenty of time to do that later’. It can become easy to fall into a trap of having a massive list of things to complete, and only getting half of them done because you’ve allowed yourself too much time to actually complete them.
try to avoid family drama and conflicts.
If you are already stressed with family members, family gatherings can be such a pain in the ass though. It will be so much kinder on your own mental health to avoid getting into heated disputes and tension.
Know exactly what it is your doing.
Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you are waiting to be told what it is you need to do from other people. However, having an idea of what your role of participation is for the Christmas period is
Stop with the social media expectations.
One thing I can’t stress enough. Stop comparing yourself to others. You are amazing on your own, the most beautiful Instagram profiles I see are the ones that are natural. With houses, people and lives all being different and unique no one needs to try and copy or create unrealistic expectations for posting on the gram. Instead spend time enjoying yourself, and capture moments instead of staged happiness.
don’t overdo it on the sugar.
Remember your self care, too much sugar is bad for your health as well as containing too many calories. It’s known that your diet can increase anxiety that is already there. Sugar plays a massive part in this. Anxiety and stress being highly linked together.
If you struggle with stress as it is, without the seasonal stress added on top, caffeine is literally the worst thing for you. The more coffee that you drink the less sleep you get. Which can then become a vicious cycle. High amounts of caffeine can lead to a negative effect on your health anyway.
make sure you make time for yourself.
It might be busy, and you may have a ton of stuff to do. However, making sure that you make time for yourself is a top priority that you need to remember. Self-care is so important to ensure that you do not burn yourself out.
Shop online where you can.
Try and make it easy for yourself where ever you can, try shopping online for Christmas presents, and food whenever possible. Meaning you take a break from the stressful situation that heading to the shops bring! At least if you do your shopping online, the chances are you are finding it at a cheaper price then the high street, as well as avoiding the long ques and stressful shopping in the town centre. So you can sit back, chill out and wait for your deliveries to come to you!
Prevent future stress and don’t overspend.
One of the biggest things to cause seasonal stress is the money. Quite often we fail to stick to our budgets, and manage to overspend on the gift and food buying. Don’t worry if you do this, you are not alone. We all manage to do it somehow. The month that we really notice it, January. One of the longest months of the year, mainly long because we’re all waiting for the next pay day, so that we can finally go back to our normal spending routine.
Most important of all… Don’t forget to enjoy yourself.
It’s Christmas! Common! It’s time to let loose and enjoy yourself for the Christmas season! The work can wait, and so can your phone. it’s time to spend valued time with family, enjoying their company. now your probably thinking ‘I’ve done that already too much in the lockdown this year.’ However, Christmas is different. Christmas gives us hope and reminds us to believe in the magic. Don’t allow the seasonal stress to take over.
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