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Managing stress during the festive season

The festive season is always a very busy time of the year. While the food and celebrations are plentiful and fun, December can sometimes be quite a stressful time. We’ve put together some tips to help you stay cool, calm and collected in the lead up to the New Year.

Make a list, check it twice
It works well for Santa, so give it a go. Write down what you need to do and prioritise. Use a diary to visualise how much time you have to finish all your shopping, bake cookies, pick up the food, wrap your presents – whatever it is you need to do. Spread out your tasks so you don’t get too overwhelmed.

Find the right festive balance
While it’s important to stay on top of your studies, make sure you find the right balance. Don’t spend the entire break studying. However, make sure you find time to study and use the break to your advantage. You’ve deserved a break so make sure you take one – find the right balance between study and celebrations.

Find time to exercise
Some gyms and sporting competitions take a break over the holiday period. So if you’re missing out on your regular exercise, make sure you do sometime else instead. Try something new - you don’t need an expensive gym membership. Enjoy the nice weather and go for a walk, do some laps at the local pool or download a free exercise app on your phone. Keep moving throughout the break.

Have fun
Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, or you don’t celebrate the festive season, there is plenty to enjoy about December. Take some time to catch up with family or friends you haven’t seen for a while, enjoy the warmer weather, take a picnic basket filled with delicious treats and watch the local fireworks, or read a new book.

Whatever it is you enjoy doing, take some time to enjoy yourself. Just remember to make some time for study too. Moderation is key. We wish you and your family a safe holiday season and a happy New Year.