The best times we’ve had on earth are usually with those we love – Van Harden.
Christmas time is all about spending time with our loved ones, reflecting on the year and celebrating what has happened, as well as what is to come. As a child, we don’t realise the excessive planning and rushing around that our parents go through each year, just to make things go smoothly; even then there’s always some sort of hiccup which is overlooked. Now, I definitely know the pressure of buying the perfect gift, getting the wrapping all done, fitting all the festivities in beforehand, and I don’t even have to choose the food that we consume either.
With everything that is going on, it is hard to find the time between work and getting organised to actually spend some quality time with friends and family, before this happy – but stressful – time is over. And yet, it is so important to take a break from the festivities during the build up to Christmas Day, even if it is with the excuse of exchanging gifts with one another. Here are some tips to squeeze everyone in when you’re running around like a headless chicken, because I can guarantee they will be too…
GRAB A COFFEE (OR HOT CHOCOLATE) ON A WORK BREAK
With busy lives overlapping, sometimes there just isn’t any other time other than during work hours. If and when you get a break (and as long as your friends also work nearby), plan to meet up for half an hour. It will break up your work day even more than sitting in the staff room; this way, you will get away from the entirety of work to decompress for a little while before heading back in.
MEET ON A WEEKDAY EVENING RATHER THAN A WEEKEND
This is exactly what I am doing tonight. My best friend and I both knew that we would be mega busy over the weekend, not to mention tired, and so we decided to meet up for food and drink during the week instead. I am so much more excited about it (even though I only booked it last night) because it will be a welcomed respite of tapas and prosecco after a busy shift at work. Plus, the last time we met up I was a ball of stress. It will be nice to relax and enjoy my food and company, finally getting a little more festive for next week!
PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL, DON’T JUST MESSAGE
We are the generation of instant messaging: WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, Insta Message etc. etc. It’s so easy to tap away at our phones, knowing the exact moment they have received the message as well as read it, but it’s all so clinical at times, in a way. Sometimes, it’s lovelier to pick up the phone and have a good old chat, not to mention it is less time-consuming to have the exact same conversation over the phone than via message, giving you both more time to get on with what you need to do as well as taking a mini break from it all.
GIVE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS A LONG HUG
We all need a hug at times. I need one every day. Even when you live in the same house with someone, your paths don’t get crossed; you’re both ships in the night. Working and not to mention sneaking around to buy Christmas presents and wrap them in secret can be the tiniest bit stressful in itself. Take the time to show you really do appreciate your loved ones; as morbid as it sounds, none of us truly know what is around the corner. A hug can go a long way.
TAKE A WINTER WALK TO CATCH UP
Put your woollies on and get outside in that crisp winter air. Despite the cold, you will soon warm up and get the blood flowing. It is the perfect opportunity to catch up without being stuck indoors, and as you’re constantly moving there will be complete privacy for those of you who need to have a public meltdown.
Everyone is wrapped up in themselves slightly more until nothing more can be done on Christmas Eve. Make time for others and you won’t feel so stressed in what is said to be the most wonderful time of year. Sometimes, we don’t really know what is going on with other people until we get out of our own bubble, so go and do that because we all have battles that we are fighting. It’s better to have an army behind you, and be each other’s first in command.
How are you going to make time for your loved ones? What are your plans?
Love, Faye xo