5 ways to keep calm this christmas

5 Ways to Keep Calm This Christmas PLUS a Giveaway

For me, Christmas has never been a stressful time of year. It’s busy, and can be overwhelming getting things done, but I try not to get my tinsel in a tangle or so the saying goes. It’s a time of year that comes and goes all too quickly.

I can’t remember ever getting stressed about Christmas. I usually embrace this time of year, and love going to all the events and creating our own, family traditions. However, being involved in so many different things this year, has resulted in being invited to a lot of Christmas parties and end of year events. For the first time in a while, I have felt slightly anxious trying to fit in work and family around all the events.

If I’m honest, I don’t want to be stressed at Christmas. I want to enjoy all the festivities, the gift purchasing, the gift wrapping, the baking and everything that is traditional for this time of year. I also want to gratefully reflect on the reason for the season. Often the worldly traditions overshadow the reason why Christmas is celebrated. It’s certainly an important aspect to my faith and beliefs.

Yet, the end of year events and organising food and gifts can add stress to an already busy life. And I have felt a little stretched this week to get all the things done, that I’d like to, before the kids are home with me on holidays.

I thought I’d share some strategies I’ve used or will use this year to keep calm this Christmas. When I get too busy, I can get negative and I don’t want that to overshadow this time of year.

Here are some things I have done in the past and some other tips I will be doing to ensure I don’t get swayed into feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Because that’s not what Christmas is about. I also have a giveaway, which will hopefully help you and your family keep calm this Christmas as well.

5 Ways to keep calm this Christmas

Tip 1: Don’t be afraid to say no

Sometimes I think there are TOO many events on at this time of year and I think it’s important to say no to some. I don’t like to miss out on fun events and I will often get a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out), but after my recent stint of having 4 nights out in a row and coming down with a cold, I was reminded of the importance of saying no. The reality is, you won’t miss out because usually the same events will be on the following year, because Christmas is an annual event.

Tip 2: Eat a healthy breakfast

I don’t restrict my diet over Christmas. Look, I don’t restrict my diet much at all, as I like to eat all the things and indulge by having a bit of everything. To compensate for my lack of discipline around food this time of year, I’m opting to have a healthy breakfast. Lately I’ve been having a smoothie or eggs on toast. I’m going to add some spinach to my eggs to up my green intake. I find eating eggs for breakfast fills me up and stops me from looking for a snack at morning tea time. While my soon to be qualified nutritionist friend will tell me it’s better to have your carbs at breakfast, I’m going to do the best I can to keep everything in moderation.

Tip 3: Have days to just be

I find it hard to stop and have a day or a moment to just be. But it’s important to rest and to have days where there is little to do and there is no agenda. The kids especially need these days just to play and recuperate from a busy year at school and kindy. I’m looking forward to having days where the pace is slow and there is nowhere to be. Usually this happens the week before Christmas, and the week in between Christmas and New Years.

5 ways to keep calm this Christmas tips

Tip 4: Relieve pressure on the unimportant stuff

I have a habit of working towards unrealistic expectations. In my head, I think I can do five things, but with three kids in tow, the reality will be getting one or two of those things done. Ask yourself how important it is to get whatever it is you want done before Christmas. If there is no deadline, then give some leave way to finish the project next year. For me, I will focus on anything that has a deadline before Christmas, and those things that don’t have a timeline, I will put on my list to tackle next year.

Tip 5: Embrace essential oils to promote calm and peace

My girls have been a little emotional of late and the sibling fighting has been at an all time high. I believe it’s because we’re nearing the end of the term.
I have had good success from using essential oils to support my emotions (and theirs). There are certain oils I am drawn to, and I find it interesting to read what emotions they evoke. I tend to put on oils that are calming or promote peace. Think Lavender, Geranium, Patchouli and Roman Chamomile, for others Wild Orange and Elevation have helped. I also diffuse Peace to promote a peaceful atmosphere.

peace essential oil


I think everyone can benefit from inhaling some peace this time of year. And to help, I’m offering another giveaway. This time, it’s for an Aroma-Allure Diffuser in Black and a 5ml doTERRA Peace blend.

Keep calm and diffuse essential oils

I have this diffuser on our kitchen bench. I love the modern style. I also diffuse Peace quite a lot. I love the scent and it includes some of my favourite oils including Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Marjoram and Spearmint. In order to enter the giveaway, you just have to tell me what is your favourite Christmas scent and why? The most interesting and clever answer will win the diffuser and oil.

allure diffuser

Please ensure your answer is less than 50 words. You can enter via leaving a comment on this blog post or on my Facebook Page, underneath this post or the picture of the diffuser. Please ensure you LIKE The Plumbette Facebook page, as this helps when I contact you if you leave your comment on Facebook.

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This is a game of skill. Each valid entry to be judged on creativity and originality, not by chance.
There is 1 prize of an Aroma Allure Diffuser RRP $79.95 and 1 doTERRA Peace Blend 5ml RRP $64.67
Entries open from 5am Brisbane time Tuesday 5th December 2017 to Friday 15th December 2017 5pm Brisbane Time.
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  • maya michel

    What do I turn to when I am tired? Patchouli
    What do I search for when I need inspiration? Patchouli
    What do I use when the world feels too big? Patchouli
    What do I use when I’m feeling sexy? Patchouli
    What is my favourite scent in the world? Patchouli
    What is my favourite Christmas scent of all? My childhood home, pine, cinnamon and cedar… and Patchouli.

  • LydiaCLee

    For Christmas it’s the cinnamon, cloves and pine for me….a holiday memory triggered and cemented by smell

  • I use a diffuser every day when I work and I love it. I also use a spritzer too. Life is not worth all the added stress because it doesn’t change the current situation anyway

  • These are really great ideas that I must try and follow because I’m stressed already. Doesn’t help that there’s a 6th birthday party thrown in before Christmas. I’m very proud of myself that I’ve actually asked for help for the first time ever. As for my favourite scent at Christmas time, particularly on Christmas day, it’s the smell of relaxation and happiness which involves the fruity scent of champagne, the fishy smell of juicy prawns and the delightful smell of all things cake and chocolate!

  • We’ve scaled back on cards and gifts – not because we’re tight but because we’d rather gift experiences or spend quality time with each other. We’ve stopped sending paper cards and make our own family egreeting and donate money to charity instead. Saves so much time and contributing feels good! As for the smell of Christmas, for me it’s the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven – the delicate mix of those spices is a smell that’s good enough to eat!

  • I am moving house 2 weeks before Christmas so plan to really take it easy after that!

  • I know I used to stress out about some of my Christmasse because of my own need to please everyone. Once I recognised I did not want to be ‘that person’ anymore and to reduce my expectations of people and the day, it was much better. I struggle a little bit though since moving from family…as we do not get together for Christmas anymore …but then I remember the wonderful times we did have and consider that this is now part of moving on. I liked your post very much as you’ve reminded me that we need to self-care and self-monitor more. Denyse #teamIBOT

  • Tracey

    Hey Bec. I tend to bring the crazy on myself at this time of year by doing an activity-based advent calendar. But it is a time of tradition-building, so it’s worth the effort. Hopefully my girls remember it fondly when they’re grown!

    My favourite smells: apple cinnamon!!! My sister made me a Christmas Spirit essential oil roller this year, which is amazing, too, and i make cinnamon scrolls for Christmas breakfast. Finally, nothing like the smell of Bailey’s coffee at Christmas. Mmmmmmm.

  • Benjamin

    It’s gnocchi and sauce bubbling away. Not a traditional Christmas scent, but for my family it’s quite traditional. It’s the same dish that we have had every Christmas for centuries, across continents and countries, with different chefs and different diners. I can’t smell gnocchi without expecting a present.

  • Paula Harris

    It’s been a family tradition for 4 generations to bake German honey biscuits…..it’s the smell of them in the oven that gets me in the Christmas spirit.

  • Fiona Turner

    I love the smell of fruit mince pies. My Nana always made them, a family tradition. I have made them myself, including the fruit mince from scratch. It’s all the cinnamon, nutmeg, grated lemon rind. My local French bakery has amazing ones so I buy these now.

  • Erin Bond

    Pine is my favorite for xmas, its brings back those old cemented memories of a real xmas tree in the house emitting that luscious smell, but without all the mess, pine droppings and stress of transporting a tree to you home.

  • Amy Perdomo

    Sunscreen and pool water. Takes me back to the long endless days of summer. Christmas day spent by the pool deciding whether to eat more treats or stop so you could jump back in and keep swimming. The days where food miraculously appeared and you got away with eating far to many sweets.

  • My fav Christmas scent is gingerbread. Tried to recreate this with a mix of ginger, clove and frankincense oils but we all just ended up coughing! Ha! Peace oil in a new diffuser sounds just right for us ATM as we cope with our first Christmas without our beloved daddy/husband.

  • Jo

    My favourite Christmas scent is a real Christmas tree! It takes me right back to my childhood (I didn’t even know that some homes had fake trees until I was about 21!!). I got excited last week because I found a candle that was ‘Christmas tree’… it wasn’t at all! 🙁