As the years have gone on I have found myself attending and getting through more and more events over the festive season. All the things you need to do seem to increase when you have school aged children and then again when you have another child with a big age gap. When you’ve got one that is kind of on the edge of not really believing in all the magic anymore and another that’s just starting to you have to do all of those Christmassy events again. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Saying that suffering with anxiety year around I do sometimes struggle with the general bussiness and overwhelm that comes with all those festive events.
- Get there early if you can. Particularly important if you’re going to a play, pantomime, child christmas performance or event. I like to arrive to anywhere I have to get a seat slightly early so I can see where I’m going and get comfortable in my surroundings.
- Plan ahead. I have already started thinking about Christmas food, I know when the town lights will be switched on and I feel this really helps me get through it all.
- Don’t be afraid to say no. Now we have two children to keep us busy over the festive period we’ve decided to stay home more and invite people to see us. I feel so much more comfortable when we have people over rather than going somewhere else. If you don’t want to do something then you can always say no. Christmas is a happy time, or at least it should be!
- Create a tradition that you can always look forward to. We are heading to centerparcs just as the Christmas season starts and I really hope that we can do that regularly over the years with our friends.
- Visiting Father Christmas. I see people go all out for a trip to see Father Christmas but it doesn’t have to be stressful. We find going in the week a little easier than the weekends or booking later in the day rather than early in the morning. Garden Centres usually do beautiful displays.