Whatever you think about it, at Christmas there’s no escaping it.
There’s a definite “buzz” in the air and if you don’t feel it you’ll definitely notice the queues. I’m pretty chilled out but I even put back the Xmas jumper I was thinking about buying rather than stand in a huge line.
If you’re planning to hit the shops this weekend a bit of planning beforehand can help put the fun back into Christmas Shopping and not in a Monica Gellor style of organised fun, I promise!
My Top Ten tips to reduce shopping stress;
- Spread your spending.
By making a simple budget. This works because we feel anxious when we’re not 100% sure of what’s coming in and what’s going out. Stress comes from the fear
of the unknown and even having this simple plan in place reduces stress.
- Use cash.
You think about your purchase more when you can see what you’re spending. Withdrawing the total amount of money you want to spend stops you from spending money you don’t have.
- Make a list and stick to it.
Don’t pick up anything from the till points or stocking fillers.
Stay strong and do not buy anything that is not on your list.
- Shop online.
If you really can’t be bothered going to the shops, then don’t.
Don’t waste your energy, why not shop in your PJ’s? Compare prices and avoid the crowds from the comfort of your own home.
- Take a deep breath.
Simple breathing exercises help to reduce stress and blood pressure so when you’re feeling a bit heated take a deep breath in through your nose and really
fill your belly up and breathe out through your mouth, do this two more times
and you’ll definitely feel a lot calmer.
- Smell something nice.
Essential oils are a great way to instantly lift your mood or calm the mind.
The smell of orange makes you feel happier and Lavender relaxes you which is perfect when you’re in a crowded shop
- Get a good nights sleep.
Sleep helps reduce feelings of stress, improves your memory and encourages a constant state of relaxation. Lack of sleep makes us feel more agitated and you’re more likely to snap.The better sleep you have, the better your ability to stay calm, controlled and reasonable.
- Avoid perfectionism.
Trying to be perfect is a lose-lose situation as it’s totally subjective, my idea
of perfect will be different from yours. Never let perfectionism stop you from doing something as your idea of 80% perfect might be someone else’s 150%. Replace any critical self-talk with realistic and helpful statements, even if you don’t believe them right away, repetition will turn into positive thoughts into a habit. You’re brain believes anything you say after “I AM…”
Try these statements; “I am doing my best.” or “I am perfect as I am.”
- Be present.
When you feel your stress levels rising slow down and take 5 mins to focus
on just one behaviour. Go and get a coffee but notice your feet hitting the ground as you walk to the coffee shop, feel the heat from the mug and make sure you taste each and every sip. Focusing on your senses helps you feel
- Manage your time.
Make a list of all the things you need to do and list them in order of priority.
Ask yourself if there’s any tasks that someone else can do. Why not try breaking down your list into more manageable tasks that can be spread over a longer timescale.
Don’t feel like you have to use all of these tips in one shopping trip, why not pick one that jumps out at you and gradually add the others over time.
Let me know how you get on, I’d love to hear what tips you try.