Christmas can be a very festive and fun time of the year but it can also be quite stressful to its lead up, especially if you are running a business. Here are 5 ways you can de-stress and make this festive season a more organised, chilled and fun time. Share on X

#1 … Organise a Kris Kringle

Our family changed over to KK quite a few years ago now. Names are written on a Christmas Card and each of us picks one out. We spend a minimum of $50 and that’s it. It takes the stress out of buying lots of gifts just for the sake of buying something and we spend a bit more and get something ‘better’ rather than something cheap and nasty or something we don’t need.

#2 … Keep Your Chrissy Lunches Simple

Christmas Day in Australia is generally quite warm as opposed to the snowy wintery time in the northern hemisphere. Slaving over a hot oven for hours is not my idea of fun and far too much work. Our Aussie seafood is second to none and is a welcome change to hot lunches or dinner. Even an antipasto of cold goodies with some crusty bread is an easy alternative. So keep it simple and do a lovely platter and a refreshing sparkling wine punch with lots of berries and fruit to go with it.

#3 .. If it all gets too much, MEDITATE

Take some time out to sit still and breathe. There are some awesome apps that you can download onto your phone, such as Omvana, Headspace Simple Habit and my very fave Insight Timer. All have guided meditations from as little as 5 minutes, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time out. Calming your mind helps you think more clearly and you’ll be able to do more. Your breath and your mind work in tandem, so as the breath begins to lengthen, your brain waves slows down and you de-stress.

#4 … Do a Digital Detox

Spend time away from Facebook, Insta, the computer AND your phone Share on X – if you can’t live without your phone, check it only twice a day (and not for 2 hours at a time!) and set up the Do Not Disturb feature for phone calls, texts and notifications – it’s under Settings. It allows you not to be contacted between certain times apart from contacts who are your Favourites. I have this on every single day set from 9pm to 8am. We all need a break from technology for our mental and emotional health.

#5 … Engage the Services of a Virtual Assistant

No need to worry about your emails, phone calls, Social Media posting and scheduling, blog posting, newsletters etc. Engage a Virtual Assistant to take care of your business during your break. Share on XΒ This will give you peace of mind that your business is still being looked after and not come to a complete stop over the break. Remember, the rest of the work doesn’t have such a long break as we do, so keeping your business going is very important.

If you need a helping hand over the holiday season or anytime for that matter, please feel free to book in a Chai Chat with me.

Do you have any tips for de-stressing, please feel free to share them below … Ax

The Holistic VA