So what can you do to make sure your Christmas is stress-free this year?
Firstly, recognise the symptoms
It’s important you recognise when your body is feeling stressed.
Everybody experiences different symptoms, but the most common are tiredness, finding it hard to concentrate, relax, or sleep or even just feeling a bit gloomy.
Once you’re able to feel stress coming on, try to remove yourself from the situation. Step outside and take slow, deep breaths. This should help you to think rationally and calm you down.”
Make sure you get lots of exercise. Going for a walk or a jog releases endorphins which boost your mood and the fresh air will clear your head.
Watching what you eat and drink can also have an effect. Christmas often means consuming foods high in salt, sugar and caffeine, which contribute to stress levels and anxiety.
But if it all gets too much, help is at hand
Speak to your GP about how you’re feeling. They will be able to offer practical advice, and most practices within the Central Sheffield GP Consortium can provide counselling services or can refer you to qualified counsellors within Sheffield.
Our top tips for surviving Christmas
Don’t place unrealistic expectations on Christmas. Everybody celebrates Christmas differently, so work out exactly how much money you can afford to spend and stick to that budget.
Recognise the signs. Learn to recognise when stress is coming on, and tackle it before it gets too much.
Have some time to yourself. If you feel your stress levels rising, step outside and take some deep breathes to calm your nerves.