How to Survive the Festive Season

A Stress-Free Christmas

The festive period can be a very stressful time of year. It’s cold and dark, the shops and streets are busy, bars and restaurants are busy, in fact everywhere is busy! You may have a bigger workload over the festive period. Perhaps you’re worrying about money. Whatever’s stressing you out, we hope these tips to a stress-free Christmas will help you out a little.

Look After Yourself

Person walking through the snow, close up of feet

Christmas is a busy time. But make sure you’re still getting enough exercise. Getting out and about in the fresh air, even if it’s cold, can clear your head and make you feel so much better.

And although it’s also the season for over-indulgence, ensure you’re still eating properly. When you’re not out celebrating, choose energy-rich nutritious foods to boost your mood and keep you healthy.

Try to get as much sleep as you can too.

Be Organised

Hand-written Christmas shopping list with pen

Don’t panic! However late you’ve left it, there’s still time to get all your Christmas shopping. You just need to be organised with the time you have available. Make a list of everything you still need to buy and where from. Get your online orders in now and plan any shopping trips based on your list. Wondering around the shops aimlessly is no fun at this time of year. Don’t forget the food and drink shop either. If you can, plan a nice quiet time to go out and get those festive goodies and mark it in your diary now. Or, book an online slot at your local supermarket .. those slots go fast.

Take Time Out

Edinburgh fairground attractions at Christmastime

Take a few days out of your busy festive schedule to actually enjoy the season. Visit your local Christmas attractions with friends and family and let your hair down.

Perhaps you could visit us here in Edinburgh for the festive markets, fairground rides and spectacular shows and events. The markets and attractions are quieter earlier in the day, and mid-week. And you can make savings with our festive offers and packages.

Set a Budget

Pen, notebook and calculator surrounded by Christmas baubles and tinsel

All of this shopping and celebrating can be expensive. It’s nice to treat yourselves and those you love. But remember, Christmas is only one day. So, set a budget and stick to it. There are lots of ways to save money over the festive season. For example, doing a “Secret Santa” with family members or groups of friends, rather than buying gifts for everyone. Making a note of sale days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday and take advantage of the discounts on offer. Hand-making your own gifts and decorations. The most important thing is, only spend what you can afford. Over-spending leads to stress and worry, and that’s not what Christmas is about.

We wish you a very merry and stress-free Christmas!