Christmas is one of the best times in the year, full of bright lights, happiness and festivities. However, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Not only is it expensive, but it’s also time-consuming. Before the big day, most of us run around trying to get the perfect gifts sorted for our loved ones. If you’re the one cooking on Christmas for your family, there’s the massive added pressure of timings, making enough food and making yummy food on a bigger scale. So it’s not surprising with that amount of stress, that our sleep suffers. As someone who has an issue with sleep when stress is involved, I’ve done some research on how to sleep easier and make your Christmas stress free. After all, it’s supposed to be a happy time of year! With the help of Bed Guru, I am bringing you some top tips for achieving less stress and giving you the best nights sleep.
Write a list of what’s on your mind before bed
When it comes to sleep, one of the things your mind is great at is overthinking. All sorts goes through your head and it’s hard to switch off. Once you start thinking it’s hard to stop. Writing a list before you head to bed can really help to calm your brain. The fear of forgetting what we need is often what keeps us awake. Whether you write a list of presents to buy, what needs doing, or what food you need. By emptying your brain then and there, allows you to pick it up again tomorrow. Writing the list on paper rather than your phone is key, as the light on your phone is more than likely going to wake you up and you’re bound to get distracted by something on your phone.
Do your shopping online
If you’re one of those people like me, who dreads going out to buy presents around this time of year, take the pressure of going out off your shoulders and buy your presents online. By doing this, you can either get them delivered to your house or pick them up from a collection point. It skips all of the hassle of queuing and trying to make your way around overcrowded shops. Browsing online allows you to take your time, consider your options and work out your budget.
Prepare your Christmas dinner in advance
Bed Guru advises that you can never have enough gravy when it comes to Christmas dinner. So making sure you are topped up on the essentials is important. As nobody wants to head across town looking for a shop that actually has gravy in stock. When your Christmas shopping arrives, why not peel the vegetables and get them prepped on the 23rd or Christmas eve. Having them ready to go on Christmas Day will give you a boost that you need, as the prepping is time-consuming and you’ll know it’s already complete.
Remember to look after yourself
Around Christmas, it can be hard to remember to take a step back and breathe. But allowing yourself to overwork may result in you burning out. It’s important to remember your health comes before anything, this includes Christmas. By aiming to complete the above tips, you’re likely to give yourself a better nights sleep. Perfect for keeping calm during the festive season.
What are your tips for stressing less this Christmas?