Ah Christmas time! Even though it’s supposed to be the best and merriest time of the year, for a lot of families, Christmas is a time of stress. For most people, the weeks before the break are filled with last-minute work projects and unexpected work to complete before everybody goes on holiday. As such, it’s fair to say that most of us have barely enough time to relax, especially if you consider how hectic the typical Christmas shopping can be.
But your to-do list doesn’t stop just because the kids are on a school break. In fact, for parents, taking the days off means you’ll have to look after overly excited children who are probably going to be on a sugar rush 24/7 during the festive season.
In short, you need to find a hobby that can help you and your family to relax before going back to work or school in 2020.
Something artsy to do by yourself
Believe it or not, but there’s nothing as effective as an artsy hobby to help your brain to de-stress. If you’re interested in the scientific explanation, researchers believe that a creative hobby helps your brain to establish new connections and activate the production of serotonin – the happiness hormone. Creative hobbies are satisfying, regardless of the type of media you choose to work with. For a lot of adults, a colouring book can prove a helpful ally to relax. If you prefer something a little more elaborate, have a look for a paint by numbers cat project, for instance. You’d be surprised by how realistic the painting will be! For crafters, learning how to crochet small figures or to knit a scarf can be all you need to let go of your worries.
Make time to go out for a walk
The Christmas period is especially dangerous for your health because most families choose to spend time indoors. Your crafty hobby, however helpful it is, falls in the indoor category too. So, it’s a good idea to spice up your routine with some outdoor activities. Did you know that many families choose to adopt a pet over Christmas? A furry friend can be a fantastic addition to your household. Besides, you also get an excuse to take everyone for a walk at least once a day. Relaxing can be as easy as a walk in the park.
Take the kids to a Christmas escape room
Last but not least, why not try out something new with the kids. Ultimately, Christmas should be about spending time with your family. But finding the time to play with the kids can be tricky when you’ve got to look after your guests and keep the house tidy. Make sure to look for activities you can enjoy together. For young children, it can be the perfect occasion to discover the thrill of escape rooms. With plenty of Christmas themed rooms in the UK, there’s undoubtedly a friendly Santa or a Rudolph around. Escape rooms are not only surprisingly fun for people of all ages, but they create a sense of personal achievement and excitement you won’t find anywhere else.
Don’t let the Christmas break rush by without taking the time to relax at the end of a busy year. From creative hobbies to outdoors activities, there’s a lot you can do, alone or with your family to wave bye-bye to 2019 stress. After all, you want to start the new year feeling refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges!