Life coach's tips for surviving a busy Christmas

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A CHRISTMAS break is a long-lost dream for many women, according to research which show that they spend more hours preparing for Christmas than an average week at work.

More than eight out of ten women manage Christmas Day preparations singlehandly while just seven per cent have a hand from a partner, a study by Kenco Millicano has revealed.

It also showed that the average women spends 48 hours preparing for Christmas, while their workload hasn’t lessened as it used to meaning that 68 per cent of women are working around 88 hours a week on their job and Christmas.

To help bring back the Christmas spirit, Kenco Millicano asked Psychologist and Life Coach Honey Langcaster-James for the best ways to manage the mayhem and ensure that you have a very Merry Christmas too.

1. Even Santa has his helpers

Delegate where you can, get the family involved in preparations, for example decorating the tree or wrapping gifts. You don’t have to do it all by yourself, and it helps to get the whole family excited for the big day.

2. Prioritize family fun

Don’t forget what Christmas is all about: spending time with loved ones, and simply enjoying the season. Don’t let all those jobs take over and turn you into a complete stress-head. Remember, your loved ones won’t judge you on the quality of your stuffing or a bit of mess in the house; they want to spend quality time with you.

3. You don’t have to be the perfect hostess

Take the pressure off yourself and suggest to family and friends that everyone brings a plate and a bottle. Shared suppers and buffets are a great way to both reduce your own workload and give your guests the opportunity to feel that they’ve contributed. 

4. Invite your friends round weekly for a catch up

Getting together with other women is a great way to share the pressure and have a jolly good moan. A quick cup of quality coffee and a chat with your nearest and dearest can make the world of difference and leave you feeling ready to take on any challenge in day ahead.

5. Make Boxing Day an official ‘Mum’s day off’

Tell your family that Boxing day will be a no work day. A day when all the work is done, to stay in your pyjamas , eat Christmas left-overs and rest. Having a day to look forward to once the hard work is done will help you stay positive.

6. Take daily care of yourself throughout the Christmas period

Schedule in time every day for a little treat for yourself.  For example, every morning you could get up 15 minutes early and make a cup of coffee (they recommend Kenco Millicano, naturally) read the paper in bed, and start your day off right. It’s vital to make time for you to just be you.

Share your Christmas mayhem stories on twitter #TimeforaMillicano to win prizes or visit facebook.com/kencomillicano to read more from Honey Langcaster-James.

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