Here’s Part 2, tips for the big day itself.
If you’re still planning and organising you can read Part 1 here...
1. Give people roles.
This is linked to 5, consider who you’ll have around and can you give them jobs or responsibilities that will help you and fulfil their wish to help. Think about what they might like to do. For example who is on drinks duty? who is organising the TV schedule? who is the sous chef (or clearer upper)? If people have roles everyone feels involved and you can relax knowing that certain tasks are under control (even if they are not performed to your high standard - in which case see 4 from Part 1)
2. Take time out.
Christmas can be all consuming, so take out some time to regroup and focus on normal things, or planning something exciting for 2018.
3. Consider your Introvert Extrovert preference over the festive period.
We all have thresholds for socialising and being around others so take yours into account before you say ‘yes’ to all those invites or agree to hold a party. If you need downtime days or even hours make sure you take them. There’s no need to make a big deal of it and retreat to your bedroom, you can choose to do things that give you energy and a bit of time away from all the hubbub. For example, I like to cook because it gives me downtime, or take the dogs out for a walk.
4. Think about your health.
Avoid reaching January feeling like you’ve gained two stone and could never touch a drop of alcohol again by considering your health needs and planning accordingly. Think strategically about which events you go to, so if you have three party nights all in a row, maybe decide to skip the one you are least excited about and give yourself some recovery time. This is hard for people who don’t like to miss out, but they are also the people who reach Christmas Day and can’t get out of bed. Know your own thresholds and don’t let other people bully you into doing things you don’t want to.
5. Remember what it’s all about.
This is not from a religious perspective necessarily but we can get so caught up with the display and commercial elements of Christmas that we forget that it’s traditionally a time to celebrate and cosy up with the ones you love. That is the most important thing. When you consider that, the last minute table presents you are stressing about don’t seem so important after all do they?
Founder of Monkey Puzzle and an INLPTA NLP Master Trainer, Karen is also a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and author of the award winning book Real Leaders for the Real World. Her new book Time Mastery; Banish Time Management Forever is out now.