Time pressure at Christmas


Christmas is meant to be a time for joy, but many of us are stressed from the time pressure of trying to get everything done before the big day.

We often set ourselves high expectations that everything has to be ready before Christmas Day, but this can cause us to feel tired and overwhelmed. By setting high demands, we may be adding stress to our lives. So what can we do?


Tips to help you manage the Christmas period and find balance in your life


Copy Santa

Just like Santa Claus, you can keep a list and check it twice. Once you make your list, start prioritising what is most important. Are there things on your list that you can remove? Start eliminating some activities or finding simpler ways to do them. Do you have to make 500 Christmas cookies or can you just make a couple of dozen?


Get help

If you can afford to, consider outsourcing some of the activities. Can you order food from your local bakery? Can the store wrap the present you just bought? Do you have to cook from scratch or can you buy some food in the supermarket? If you have a family, start delegating some of the tasks on your list. You can even try to make it fun and have everyone help out with decorating the tree, writing cards or baking the cake.



If you are feeling stressed you may have overestimated how much you can get done. Take a moment and breathe in slowly to the count of three and exhale to three. Do this a few times to calm you down. Once your mind is clear, think about how you can prioritise time for you to relax, exercise and sleep. Find time to do something that makes you happy.


Keep things in perspective

Ask yourself: Does it really matter if I don’t get everything done? Reflect on what you cherish the most at this time year and turn down the things that are less important.


Christmas can be a tough time of year for a lot of people. If you need someone to talk to, give our Suicide Call Back Service counsellors a call on 1300 659 467.

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