21st December 2016
Guides & Advice
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful! With presents to wrap, food to cook, and guests to entertain, it is no wonder that a new survey has revealed Christmas to be the 6th most stressful life event. It’s time to relax, so we’ve made this easy for you, we’ve got some helpful tips to a stress free Christmas
Firstly, write up to-do-lists. Your wish list shouldn’t be the only thing you’re writing this year. The key to keeping on top of things is writing down everything you need to do, this way you won’t forget to take the turkey out the oven or cook the sprouts! Getting everything you need to do onto a list will clear your head and make every task appear less daunting.
As well as big to-do-lists, timetable up Christmas Day so you’re not all sitting around doing nothing. Everyone will know where to be and when, taking away your stress of worrying if everyone will be in the right place! Timetabling your day will help give you structure and hopefully less running around like a headless chicken; your timetable can do the bossing around of your guests too!
Key to a stress free Christmas is preparation. Prepare your vegetables before the hectic period begins and put them in the freezer ready for cooking on Christmas day. This doesn’t have to just include your veg – any pastry festive delights can easily be pre baked and popped in the freezer weeks beforehand. Then all that needs to be done is to grab them out the freezer on Christmas Eve for defrosting and re-heat in the oven. Easy!
Preparation doesn’t stop at food. Laying your table on Christmas Eve will mean one less thing to think about and do on Christmas day.
Don’t be afraid to make life easy and use a few shop-bought shortcuts. Nobody is bothered if your cranberry sauce is out a jar, or you if haven’t personally wrapped the bacon around the sausages! If it means a little less stress, then do it.
Christmas shouldn’t be all upon your shoulders. Don’t be scared to share out your jobs, passing on some jobs will instantly make you feel lighter from less stress.
Take yourself off for a nap on Christmas day. If it all gets too much, then escaping to have a half hour power nap will leave your feeling revitalised for the rest of the day. Where better place to have your Christmas day nap than on a Harrison bed? Lying on the perfect combination of sumptuous fillings and award-winning springs, there’s no better place to sleep away the stress.
Finally, have fun! Christmas only comes once a year, so make the most of the festive holidays and any mishaps can be quickly forgotten. Harrison would like to wish you a merry stress free Christmas and a happy New Year!