2. Be realistic with your expectations of the holiday and of yourself!
3. Plan your time so that you and those close to you can have some time doing what you want without having to fit in with others.
4. Enjoy any parties you will be attending – and remember it is not compulsory to overdo things!
5. This is a time where there is a lot of rich food and plenty of drink on offer. Snack on fruit or vegetable crudités, have water or soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks and you will feel better.
6. You do not have to do a massive food shop! Most shops will only be closed for 2 or 3 days at the most.
7. If you are spending time with others (family or friends) remember that there might be times when people start feeling as though they are getting on top of each other! Tensions can rise for many reasons. Encourage everyone to feel OK about some “me time”.
8. If you are spending most of the holiday with others, make some personal space and time for yourself whether to read a book, have relaxing bath or listen to music.
9. Share out tasks or offer to help if you are a guest.
10. Between looking after people, travelling to visit and spend time relatives it can be a challenge to make time to do other things. If you can, get out for a walk, go to a sporting event or even to mix with the crowds at the shops. Fresh air can seem even better at this time of year, especially after days indoors!
11. Be kind to yourself! If things do not turn out exactly as you planned it is not the end of the world!
12. Remember what this holiday is supposed to be about! It does not have to be just focused on presents and food and drink.