Christmas is coming. As a Healthcare professional, you’ll probably be working during the holiday season. Between gifts to buy, meals to plan, errands to run, store lines, traffic jams and work, is it possible to have a more zen Christmas? Yes, it is.
Although this time of year is a source of stress and anxiety for many people, it is up to you to organize yourself to live it in a more relaxed way. So take a deep breath, get comfortable and read our tips for a more zen Christmas this year.
1- Begin preparations early
If you don’t want to experience the stress of last-minute shopping, start your preparations (including choosing a menu) as early as possible. This way, you will avoid the Christmas madness in the stores, the endless lines at the checkout and the back-ordered items.
You can also cook some meals in advance and freeze them.
2- Learn to let and accept that things aren’t perfect
Nothing is perfect in this world. Despite all your dedication, organization and good will, there will always be something that doesn’t work out as planned. So what? Having a more zen Christmas also means being less demanding of yourself and of others.
In any case, who will remember that the dessert was a little too sweet, that the Christmas tree wasn’t big enough or that the meat pie was a little burnt? Instead of worrying about these details, make sure everyone has a good time, that’s what they’ll remember.
3- Delegate tasks
There are times when even superheroes need help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. If you want to be a superwoman, you won’t even enjoy the moment. So, for a more zen Christmas, learn to delegate some tasks and trust others. Don’t hesitate to involve your children. You’ll see that they’ll be happy to give you a hand.
Maybe you can ask your guests to bring something: drinks, snacks, dessert… By involving them, you will have less pressure on your shoulders, less stress and you will be more relaxed to live fully in the moment. That’s what the magic of Christmas is all about.
4- Save time for yourself
Taking time for yourself allows you to recharge your batteries, to break away from the daily stress and to find yourself. In order to take care of others, you must first take care of yourself.
Have you noticed that when you are not feeling well, you unconsciously take it out on those around you? Bad mood, irritability, impatience… Anything to make them not want to be around you.
On the contrary, when you feel good about yourself, you transmit good humor, joy of living, patience and tolerance to those around you. In short, you are pleasant to live with. So, what do you want to spread around you this holiday season and for the other days to come?
5- Set limits and stick to them
Compulsive shopping is easy to do at this time of the year. But then, is it really necessary to indebt yourself in order to spend quality time with your family? Remember that the most successful Christmases are not necessarily the most expensive. Set an amount to spend per gift and don’t go over. And, a gift is not always material, you can also give the gift of your time.
Here is an article that could help you: 8 tips to spend less at Christmas.
Also, you are not obliged to accept all the invitations you receive. Remember to keep some time for yourself to rest or, why not, stay in bed all day if you feel like it, it’s up to you to decide your program.
6- Stick to your good habits, even though that’s difficult sometimes.
With all the invitations here and there, the parties that end in the morning, the heavy meals and the short nights, it’s not always easy to keep your healthy habits. If you’re active or meditating, make sure you maintain your routine even during this crazy time. This will help you get through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
The bottom line is that we often put too much unnecessary pressure on ourselves because our expectations are exaggerated. How about going back to basics? What value do you place on Christmas? The answer to this question may be the key to a more zen Christmas.