Emily is a seventeen-year-old Suffolk one student. She decided to get involved with student life as she hopes to gain experience in her chosen career path (teen magazine journalism) and broaden her horizons for future job opportunities.
With the end of Halloween, people are now donning tacky yet fun jumpers with snowmen patterned across the chest. Yes, it’s Christmas. And while this time is loved by millions, many struggle to cope with the stress that comes with the season. Here are three of the biggest causes of stress faced over December, and what might be done to help cope;
1. Gift Giving
Starting with the obvious, gift giving can be a difficult task. Particularly as you get older, with increased pressure to pick out the perfect presents without help and money from others. The stress can escalate when you’re tasked with buying gifts for your awkward friends and family (you know, the ones with niche, or even no interests and hobbies), as you find yourself scouring every shop in town and every corner of the internet trying to find something, only to end up giving them a gift that’s okay at best. With these mounting pressures, Christmas can become hellish. However, you can find amazing gifts that people will love without the drama and ridiculous costs. It may not be exactly what you were thinking, but what you find may remind you of someone, or shared memories. If you consider yourself artistic, you could create something unique to them. If all else fails, food is always the perfect last resort (whether it’s homemade or not!).
With the festive season, comes a whole snowstorm of family meals and day visits, particularly when you have a vast number of relatives. As somebody who recently lost a close family member, I can’t express how important this time together is, especially in the long run. However, I understand how exhausting it gets. My advice is to persevere and try to enjoy yourself. And if you have relatives who are unable to meet with you for whatever reason, try to contact them in some way. Put yourself in their shoes and understand how difficult it must be for them. Showing that you care goes beyond gifts, and you should express gratitude for what you have, particularly as others aren’t so lucky.
3. Work and Fun
Once Christmas starts, it’s easy to neglect work and school in favour of celebrating. However, it’s important to keep a healthy balance between both. On one hand you should be enjoying the festivities, but on the other, you should be putting in effort where needed to avoid slacking. You have time for both, even if one choice seems more appealing. Carefully consider what needs to come first.