The Monday Motivation Linky #13 – Fight Festive Fatigue!

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December is almost upon us and soon we’ll be in full festive flow! I don’t know about you, but Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier (and now I sound like an old person!) and I find that by the time the big day actually arrives, I’m just about over it. All the lights, decorations, Elf on the Shelf, present-buying, preparations, wrapping, parties, mince pies takes its toll, and as soon as Boxing Day is over I breathe a sigh of relief.




However, this year, I’m determined not to let the festivities wear me down.

I’ve come up with 5 ways to take the pressure off during December so that we can all get the most out of the holiday.


Fight festive fatigue at Christmas with these 5 tips to avoid overwhelm!


  • Delegate. Now, I’m a control freak. Or it’s probably just the fact that I’m the only one who will do anything, so I have to be! Whatever, I’ve decided that this year, other people need to take on some of the load. Try asking your other half to buy some of the presents (but, give them a list, obvs – we don’t want it going all wrong!). Older children can be in charge of writing Christmas cards and wrapping. Yes, it may not be perfect, but getting them all involved is good for them and it’s good for you not to have to do it all!


  • Try not to worry if you can’t afford/get the entire wish list. Of course, we want to give our kids everything, but, do they really need it? Younger kids tend to go for quantity, so stick to one larger, more expensive gift, and then stock up on stuff from The Works or similar that doesn’t cost much but looks like a lot!




  • Social fatigue. even I go out at Christmas (well, maybe, anxiety allowing), but some of you lucky people have several different parties and nights out to attend. However, if you really can’t face all the late nights/hangovers/financial cost, choose one or two and tell anyone else that you’ll get together in the New Year instead (and actually do it!). Don’t feel guilty if you don’t go to all the parties.




  • Food: don’t go mad! It’s just one or two days! We still only need three meals a day – if that! It’s so easy to buy all the food, especially when the supermarkets tempt us with their delicious festive fayre, but the truth is, whilst it’s a nice luxury, do you really need pork and stuffing bacon cups and a three-bird roast? As long as there are mince pies and chocolates (and don’t forget the pigs in blankets!), I reckon everyone will be happy.




  • Presents for others. The cost of Christmas can be a real financial burden and it’s easy to feel under pressure to spend lots on others. However, if you really can’t afford it, work out a mutual plan with your intended recipient. For example, my cousins and I have decided our kids have plenty of stuff from everyone else, so won’t miss a present at Christmas, but we spend a little more on their birthday presents instead, which is more special. I know we want to give lovely gifts to our loved ones, but will your family really mind if you only buy for the children and not the adults?


I hope these ideas help with avoiding the Christmas overwhelm before the big day even arrives.  I know that this year I’m going to try to stress less and enjoy more; there’s nothing more special than seeing my kids’ faces light up on Christmas morning when they see that ‘he’s been’!




Help your kids understand about the giving as well as the receiving with this lovely Reverse Advent Calendar idea!



This week it’s my turn to host The Monday Motivation Linky. I would love you to join in; if you’re a blogger, you can add a link to your post here. Or anyone can add an instagram post, which is super easy!


My two favourite posts from last weeks linky are from Mighty Mama Bear on being more reflective with age, and this one from Liberty on the Lighter Side about things that make her grateful. Thank you for linking up!

My co-hosts and I would like to draw your attention to the rules below, particularly the fact that posts must be motivating and uplifting for others to read and, if you do link up a post of your own, you must reciprocate by commenting on the hosts post, one co-host post and one other post at the very minimum. We know life can get in the way, but we’d really appreciate the comments and it’s only fair!


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Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog)

Great post that I have included on my regular feature on Pain Pals “Monday Magic – Inspiring Christmas blogs for You!” Claire


One of the reasons people get ‘festive fatigue’ is that they go full on Christmas too soon. All that elf on a shelf business and trees up by 1st December, no wonder you’re sick of it by Boxing Day. I can’t recommend a slow more traditional build up enough. If Christmas feels stressful you’re doing it all wrong!

Steph Curtis

Oh I totally go over the top at Christmas, am definitely a control freak and can’t trust anyone else to care as much…! But a bit less stress would be nice! So I’ll try harder this year 😉 x


Great tips – I really must try to take some on board this year! The delegation is one I’m not good at either and then wonder why I have a flare of all my symptoms on Christmas Eve…..pinning and sharing this xxx #MMLinky


Great tips – I really must try to take some on board this year! The delegation is one I’m not good at either and then wonder why I have a flare of all my symptoms on Christmas Eve…..pinning and sharing this xxx

Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful

Stress less, enjoy more. Should make that a chant I think! #themmlinky

Kate Holmes

Great tips and I would add give up ideas of perfection as often it is the stuff that goes wrong that makes the most cherished memories in the end. Thanks for hosting – going to have a quick cuppa and then settle down to read some of the other entries

Liberty Henwick

This is such a great article, I love all your suggestions to fight festive fatigue, it really can be such an overwhelming time of year and that’s why it’s good to focus on what is most important, to factor in something special as well as recognising when enough is enough! Thank you for featuring my post, so delighted 🙂 #TheMMLinky


Some great tips in here Kelly, so many of us try to live up to the social media standard of Christmas and let’s be honest, we all know social media does not reflect reality at any other time of year, so why do we bother?

Thanks for the reminder to enjoy Christmas our way.


Our Christmas has become so much better since we took the pressure off, we only have a certain few that we buy for, the kids are happy so long as Santa brings them something, dinner is a shared experience and we never go over the top with food. Basically everything you’ve said!
Great list, I’ve pinned and shared 🙂