December is here, yes it’s Christmas time again, for some this is a wonderful time of year and for others it is a time they dread…….but, for which ever group you belong to, unless you literally just drop of the map, you will have more to do this month than any other, so, you need to prepare with time, to avoid added stress and anxiety. This is where list making becomes essential, take a quiet moment and sit and write your list of things that you need to accomplish before Christmas Eve, gifts,food, table settings etc., even your map if you  are going away for Christmas,oil change,window wipers, passport dates, you would not be the first to find you have an out of date passport, what ever you plans make that list, if you can’t manage it in one go, carry it around with you and add to it as things pop into your mind. Ways to lighten that load can vary, presents can be wrapped as you  acquire them, instead of leaving them to be done all in one go, if you are Father Christmas Chef, then get the food list done, top priority and start to buy early, make sure you have freezer room and save on Christmas week price’s !! if you have everything indoors before the second week of December, it is a big weight taken from your shoulder’s, leaving just a little list for the extra fresh items you need, make your table guest list and prepare your Christmas cutlery and place setting’s everything can be cleaned or refreshed now if your store it in a dust free zone, as to keep the Christmas shine, serviette and table decor can be also prepared in advance. 

Remember, that most of us when decorating our homes for Christmas, need to remove our normal decoration, so prepare a box and place for them to be stored doing all this at the same time and last-minute will only create stress levels to rocket. Once you have your home organised, don’t forget yourself, what do you want to wear over the Christmas period ? start to organise your clothes and then forget about it, you should aim to be totally finished and prepared no later than the 20th December, then take four days of relax or as near as possible, if you work outside your home, you will be pleased to use this method, who wants to work all day, then do a double shift when you get home ? not many people I know, so if you start to prepare now, just a little a day will give you a free stress and anxiety Christmas, all you have to do is wait for the Christmas magic to happen and enjoy.

Brooke Universal Life & Relationship Coach

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