Christmas is a busy time for many of us, but more so for women who research tells us, do most of the hard work preparing for the festive season! It's claimed that in 93% of households, the preparation for Christmas is done by women, with 87% of women buying most of the presents on behalf of themselves and their partners or family. In terms of general preparation for the festive season, 30% of women spend over 35 hours preparing for Christmas compared to just 13% of men!
Given the choice of shopping, overindulging, getting ill, not having enough time to prepare or preparing the Christmas lunch, 36% of women worry most about the shopping (vs 27% of men), 31% of women worry about overindulging (vs 21% of men) and a quarter of women (compared to a fifth of men) worry about getting ill over Christmas. In contrast, only 7% of us (9% of women) actually worry about preparing the Christmas turkey!
Of course,if you want to ensure a Happy Yule, the key is to remember that Christmas is meant to be enjoyable for everyone, including the women in the family!! So, its time for all the family to get involved and do their bit. There are simple and practical things you can do to make the most of the festive season to enable you to take control of activities and avoid getting stressed.
Get Organised- Don't leave everything to the last minute. Plan in advance.
It's everyone's christmas not just yours- delegate tasks - get the family involved.
Why trek round the shops when with a few clicks of a mouse, you can do all your shopping online.
Set a budget and keep to it - So you dont have a financial hangover in January.
Manage expectations and don't promise what you can't afford.
You can't please all the people all the time. Be upfront about your Xmas plans and give everyone plenty of notice about what your doing.
Remember, whilst for many Xmas & the holidays can be happy and fun filled times, for others it can be difficult, so don't expect a one size fits all experience and try and be sensitive to other peoples feelings.
Try to sidestep calorie filled snacks, sauces, puddings pies and cakes, maxout on veggies and salads.
If you drink, do so in moderation.
Fit some quality 'me-time' into Christmas and schedule time for some exercise, even if it is a simple walk.
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