7 Tips to help minimise your stress and maximise your happiness this Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be enjoyable time to celebrate with family and friends, But it can be a difficult and challenging time that takes a toll on our mental health.

Here are 7 tips to help minimise your stress and maximise your happiness over the festive season.

  1. Count your blessings. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have. Be grateful for the good things and try not to get bogged down in the bad.
  2. Get on the front foot and organise enjoyable activities. Don’t be passive and bemoan that “no-one’s phoning me” or “no-one’s inviting me anywhere”. Take the initiative and do the phoning and inviting.
  3. Keep your expectations realistic and take the pressure off yourself. The holidays do not have to be perfect. Be flexible and allow for changes in your plans.
  4. Spend time with people most important to you. Accept family and friends as they are. Set aside any differences, Remember that others may be feeling stressed as well.
  5. Look after yourself. Try to eat a balanced diet, avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol and get some exercise. Importantly, don’t overreact if you over indulge. The “I blew it, so I might as well keep eating” mentality is self-defeating. One splurge won’t undo you — unless you let it. Don’t give up; just get back on track as soon as possible.
  6. Beware of trying to buy happiness. Make a budget and stick to it. Consider paying for experiences over possessions, helping others instead of yourself, and delaying gratification.
  7. Do something for someone else. Volunteer to help those less fortunate. Helping others will not only help those who need it, but it will make you appreciate what you do have.