The Life of an Urban Herbalist
A collection of musings and some articles with a more scientific approach.
So It's little wonder that everyone else is suffering from some kind of seasonal anxiety.
Here are some tips to help you deal with the season of goodwill without reaching across the cash desk and shaking a shop assistant warmly by the throat.
Budget: Spending a fortune will not help your stress levels.
If you know you will be so indebted in January that you cannot pay your bills that single perfect day will be ruined. We all want to give beautiful gifts but if your finances will not run to a lamborghini an inexpensive gift which you have really thought about will be greatly appreciated.
Also let your family know you cannot afford to spend a lot on gifts, perhaps suggest you all keep to a spending limit. You know you don't want to bankrupt your loved ones and they will feel the same.
Organisation: If you have friends visiting over christmas a bit of advanced thought will help keep stress to a minimum.
Shopping lists, gift lists, card lists and washing lists can all be prepared now. 15 minutes a day will allow you to feel in control. Throw the table cloths in the washer now. Get them ironed in advance and put them somewhere they won't get discoloured.
Write your menus for christmas day now, start picking up things you need in advance so that you won't have a huge list to buy on 21st when you can't get a delivery slot from Tesco.
Start watching for Christmas week delivery slots now. You can easily save a shopping list on your preferred supermarket site and slot it straight onto your delivery. Knowing that is organised can take a huge weight off your shoulders.
Order your main dish for Christmas day in advance. Butchers will be taking orders now. Find out when they are open for collection. A good butcher will have additional opening hours to cater for the rush. If you are not a meat eater but like to have something from a specialist supplier make that choice now. That cashew nut wellington won't make itself!
Relaxation: Give yourself a chance to rest and recharge.
Your family will not enjoy the site of the festive troll dashing frenetically from room to room screeching at the lack of perfection. So: take a deep breath, feel your feet on the floor and remember that what makes Christmas special is the people you spend it with. The value of the gifts you give will be inherent in the thought you put in.
Your family and friends will enjoy the season far more if you are relaxed and happy. The entrenched tradition of Aunt Maud's family battle with Great Uncle Matthew holds no attraction for anyone. Try and let the little things go. Each time things are getting on top of you sit down and take a few minutes to think about the things that are working.
If the established tradition of a huge family christmas which ends in a fist fight is getting you down then make this the year you bow out. Start making your own traditions.
Just Say No: If you are invited to an event you don't wish to attend then politely decline. If you are offered another drink and you know you've had enough then let your host know. Make this they year that you say NO politely to all the things that make christmas more difficult than it needs to be.
Christmas is a season of goodwill and thankfulness. Let yourself enjoy it to the best of your ability by allowing yourself to be in charge of the situation and taking enough time to step back and appreciate the good things.