How to survive Christmas

Workingmums.co.uk has published a free e-Book on how to stay sane over the festive period.

If you’re already feeling exhausted by the whole prospect of Christmas, you’re not the only one.

The run-up to Christmas has been described as one of the most exhausting times of year, particularly for those in the legal, entertainment and travel and tourism industries.

Combine that with all the other Christmas stuff, from nativity play costume-making to present buying, food shopping and attempting to deal with highly excitable children who think Christmas is tomorrow for the entire length of December and you have a recipe for total collapse. Not to mention illness with all the viruses circulating at this time of year and financial stress.

Research from AXA PPP healthcare released this time last year shows 69 per cent of employees say their workload increases in the run-up to Christmas, on average by around 30 per cent. A third say they start their Christmas holidays feeling burnt out from stress caused by this increased workload and three quarters have got sick at Christmas as a result with a quarter saying they often feel unwell over the festive break.

So, for those finding it hard to even contemplate the next few weeks, Workingmums.co.uk has published a free tongue-in-cheek e-Book on how to survive the festive season and stay sane.

The book covers everything from office parties to post-Christmas recovery. Advice includes:

– On Christmas preparations: Do not on any account invest in cheap shiny wrapping paper. The hours of stress spent trying to get the sellotape to stick to it are not worth it. Limit Christmas cards to genuine rather than Facebook-type friends and keep a few spares for neighbours who will inevitably post a card at 11pm on Christmas Eve in an attempt to make you feel really bad.

– On office parties:  Remember at all times that this is not in any sense a real party. This is more like an extended meeting with alcohol thrown in. Do not overindulge. Particularly do not overindulge and approach the boss about pay rises, flexible working or the company's gender pay gap.

– On finding a quiet moment post-Christmas in a room of your own: Do not accept messages posted under the door. Say you will review the messages “in due course” unless there is a threat of imminent death. Refer all issues such as sibling disputes to whoever is in charge in your absence. Make reference to the need for a cooling down period and for both sides in the dispute to put together their legal case for formal presentation in 20 minutes.

The e-Book is the first of a series which will cover a range of issues including return to work, sleep deprivation and office politics and will begin in the New Year.





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