Christmas is a time that many look forward to all year round. It is a chance to spend quality time with loved ones, eat nice food, and play family games. But the build-up to the big day can get stressful. As business almost always gets busier at this time of year, plans for the Christmas office party get underway, and last-minute Christmas shopping is crammed in over the weekend.

Before you start turning into the Grinch, take a look at our suggestions that will help you to have an organised Christmas. These tips will help you de-stress and refocus on what is important at Christmas.

1. Get organised in the office to help with an organised Christmas

While you’re busy processing invoices or replying to emails, take a moment to organise a cluttered drawer or messy filing cabinet. It doesn’t have to be the biggest job in the office, but there is something extremely satisfying about taking control of a chaotic situation and putting it in order. It helps you to feel capable and in charge. This is a very relaxing sensation, and it will make things easier to find when you need them.

2. Crank up the volume

Grumpy office staff threaten to ruin your festive feeling, so turn on the Christmas tunes (if the boss allows it). There is a lot of research to suggest that listening to music can relax and calm us, even at the most frantic of times. Singing along at the top of your lungs is great for stress relief too. Plus, you’ll be having so much fun, that you won’t even notice how hard you are working!

3. Get outside

This is often a less-than-appealing option as the winds blow a gale and the heavens pour down. But actually, a sunny winter’s lunch break is a lovely time for a walk. Breathe in the fresh air, take notice of nature, and walk off your worries. A brisk walk will help get your heart pumping, promoting good circulation in the body and producing serotonin in the brain. All of which will work to blow away the cobwebs. A walk is also an excellent time to reflect and get organised for Christmas. A brisk walk will give you chance to work out all your commitments in your head and solve any issues that may be bothering you, so that you return to your desk full of new ideas. Just remember to wrap up warm!

4. Take time for yourself

While Christmas might be about making other people happy, particularly if you have children, you can’t do that if you are feeling overwhelmed. Massage is an excellent way to relax and refocus the mind, helping you to get things done more efficiently and have a more organised Christmas. You don’t even need to take time away from your desk, as head and shoulder massages can be done while sitting in your office chair!

5. Take a class

If stress is something your regularly find yourself struggling with, then you might want to consider asking your boss to run a stress management workshop in your office. You will learn vital coping strategies that will help you keep on top of everything without feeling pressured.

This festive season, make time to look after yourself. You will find that you are more productive and less stressed. As a result, you will be able to enjoy Christmas just as much as everyone else around you!

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