Festive Season Over 50s Lifestyle

5 daily tips to take the stress out of the Festive Season

December 13, 2023
WOTY 2022 Reflection

Hello everyone!

How is your week going?

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed at this time of year?

The Festive Season can sometimes be the opposite of joyful, especially if you are hosting events. BUT it doesn’t have to be that way and you can still enjoy the experience with a few daily tweaks to help you stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Remember the Festive season is a time for joy, love and peace and you deserve to experience that as well as giving that to others. I’m preparing for our combined family get-together this coming Sunday. We will have 17 on the 17th and it is the first time both sides of the family have been together for several years.

Mike and I love hosting these Festive lunches and I feel joy being able to have the family together. I love all the preparation but understand that I need to take care of myself if I want to enjoy the whole experience.

5 daily tips to take the stress out of the Festive Season

I’m excited and there is a bit to do BUT to combat stress and getting overwhelmed I’m doing four things each day to help me cope.

1. Have a plan

Mike and I have been making our lists and checking them twice. Mike has wrapped the gifts – he is the expert in our house. We share the workload and work as a team.

2. Take time for your health each day

A quick 20 minute walk or dancing to Christmas music can help your mental well being as well as your physical health. Eating healthy options and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated will help with energy levels.

3. Take 5 minutes to breathe

If you are feeling stressed – count your breath! Be in the moment and enjoy it rather than worrying about the day. Here are some breathing techniques which may help 10 Breathing Exercises to Try: For Stress, Training, and Lung Capacity (healthline.com)


Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves and raise the bar. We feel we have failed if everything isn’t perfect. Let’s take the pressure off, enjoy what you are doing and remember why – bringing joy and love to your family and friends.

5. Ask for help

Don’t feel you can’t ask for help either in preparation or on the day. If you feel stressed about the menu ask everyone to bring a plate.

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”

Peg Bracken

Are you hosting or visiting this year?

What are your tips for reducing stress and overwhelm?

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections December 13, 2023 at 07:50

    Hi, Sue – This is excellent and very timely advice. All four of our sons, each of their wives/partners, all three of our grandchildren and two of our granddogs have now all decided to celebrate Christmas together at our place (with me hosting). Oh, and one of our son’s invited a buddy who will be on the island to join us for dinner at our place as well. So that makes 14 of us + 2 dogs. No stress at all! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:13

      Sounds like you are in the same situation as us, Donna. I’m sure it will be hectic but full of love, fun and laughter. xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid December 13, 2023 at 07:55

    Such good tips! Lucky for me I’m visiting and my outlaws like to do it all themselves. It makes me feel a bit like a spare part but I shall take your advice and remember to breathe and as I won’t need any help, I’ll certainly be offering it! Hope you have the happiest of holidays!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:13

      Oh you can be spoilt this year Sammie! Enjoy x

  • Reply leannelc December 13, 2023 at 10:48

    Great advice Sue and I think I ticked all the boxes – especially the last one. After years of doing all the food prep etc for two events, this year I’ve asked for others to bring something substantial to reduce the load – I could feel the pressure ease as soon as they said “yes, not a problem, happy to help”. I hope you and Mike have a lovely Christmas with your families. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:12

      Hi Leanne, I’m doing all the cooking this year but I’m prepared for it and I’m not doing anything too over the top to add pressure. Enjoy your family and hope you have a wonderful Christmas with those gorgeous girls of yours. x

  • Reply Jo December 13, 2023 at 12:35

    Great advice. I’d throw in a quick cooling dip – it always helps me when I’m in the middle of too much.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:11

      Oh yes! Do you know we have a pool and I rarely think to have a dip or sit by it unless the boys are here. I saw your photo by the pool on Insta and thought ‘why don’t I do that?’ x

      • Reply Jo December 14, 2023 at 07:30

        I’m in mine most days …

  • Reply marsha57 December 13, 2023 at 13:04

    Lovely tips, Sue! I have all the gifts in their boxes awaiting wrapping. I do have some shopping to finish up, but I’m not stressed about that. In fact, this is the least stressed I’ve been about Christmas in years. I think it’s because I’m exercising consistently for 35 minutes every day.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:09

      Hi Marsha, I think the key is to plan and prepare a little each day so everything isn’t happening all at once. I’ve been dedicating time to exercise daily since returning from holidays and I’m certainly feeling the benefit of it both mentally and physically x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones December 13, 2023 at 13:28

    Great tips Sue. I have always loved exercising late on Christmas day, usually after over indulging earlier in the day. Christmas isn’t a joyous time for me, but I go out of my way to make sure it’s happy, calm and peaceful.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:08

      Hi Jen, I’m not sure I could exercise late Christmas day as I’m usually too tired. I do love this time of year though. x

  • Reply Sherry Mackay December 13, 2023 at 13:45

    this year it’s just me and hubby for christmas day so no stress at all. Just a chook flung into the oven :=)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:07

      Hi Sherry, that’s a stress free day isn’t it? Enjoy! xx

  • Reply Linda Curry December 13, 2023 at 16:07

    Points 1 and 5 are important. I have willing helpers but some won’t arrive until mid morning Christmas Day and because of prior commitments won’t be able to prepare anything. I will give them instructions and ingredients and voila, the salads, prawn cocktails and dessert will appear. My son is in charge of the ham and my husband cooks the turkey on the barbecue. Just got to be organised! Deep breath. Better look at Point 3. Oh, and I’m trying to exercise each day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:07

      Looks like you are certainly on top of things Linda. I’m finding that dedicating some exercise each day is really helping. I’m feeling great in both mind and body. x

  • Reply Natalie December 14, 2023 at 01:00

    These are very good tips, Sue. This year my siblings and I are going out to restaurants for brunch and dinner so no stress for any of us. Have a wonderful time with your families. #WWWhimsy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:06

      Brunch or dinner out are a great idea Natalie and I hope you have a wonderful time. x

  • Reply Joanne December 14, 2023 at 03:26

    I am not hosting this year; I take very other year off but I have gotten much better about letting go of perfection and asking for help. Those two tips alone help a lot. Good luck with your family party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:06

      We haven’t hosted both sides of our family for a few years Joanne so I’m looking forward to it. I used to want everything perfect but these days I try my best and if something doesn’t work so be it – who really remembers anyway as long as there is love and laughter during the day. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle December 14, 2023 at 06:43

    Hi Sue, and these are great tips that I’ll be taking on board because I’m hosting Christmas on Christmas Day for our family and there is a lot to do! Everyone coming will be contributing to the food though which will help. Letting go of perfection (I usually go overboard wanting the house to be spotless and perfect) is something I need to embrace this year as I’m too exhausted for it. It’s been a big year! Thank you for linking up with #WWWhimsy – hope to see you again next week for the final one for 2023! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2023 at 07:05

      Oh Min! Hosting Christmas after the year you’ve had – I admire you. Having everyone contribute is a great way to ease the stress and perhaps hosting is something you need at the moment. Something fun to look forward to and plan. Letting go of perfection is the key – it really is all about being surrounded by family and not worrying if everything is perfect. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan's Words And Pics. December 14, 2023 at 07:46

    Well done on such timely advice Sue. We have made many changes to Christmas since moving away and now we are back. There is no longer any gift giving other than some spending after Christmas money for the grandkids, and our daughter who is hosting likes to do it for herself (and it’s simple) but as she is still working with less than a week to Christmas Day we will contribute to her costs for catering. It’s the getting together that means the most after the covid years too. That said, B hasn’t had covid (yet) yikes! Wishing you and Mike well. What a Christmas Couple you make! Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2023 at 13:04

      Hi Denyse, I do hope you are feeling better and that you and Mr B will be able to enjoy a full on family Christmas this year. I’m looking forward to seeing having all the family together in one place for the first time in about four years. Wishing you, Mr B and your family a wonderful time together full of laughter and love. Thanks for the compliment – I am married to Santa! LOL 🙂

  • Reply Debbie December 14, 2023 at 14:18

    Great advice Sue! I’ve decided to ask for help from my daughters and family for our Christmas festivities and I’m feeling much better since doing so! Being away from home adds another level of stress that I have trouble with but I’m feeling much better now.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2023 at 13:05

      That is such a good idea, Deb. You can then enjoy having all your family together for the first time in years rather than stressing and working hard on the festivities. Enjoy! xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes December 15, 2023 at 09:36

    Such great advice, Sue. Thanks for the important reminder. And I love that festive photo of you and Mike. Merry Christmas to both of you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2023 at 13:07

      Hi Christie, I’m looking forward to having all the family together for the first time in 4 years. It will be special. x

  • Reply Bernie December 17, 2023 at 17:30

    Great tips — where were they 40 years ago when I did stress about it all! For some reason this year I have been very organized. We had our big family meal already (14) and it will just be turkey breast (recooked as it was a huge bird and we only ate half of it) and all the trimmings. As there will only be 5 adults and 3 children it will be somewhat low key. The issue will be the timing of my son and his family arrival and keeping the little ones happy to wait. I will remember that 5 minutes break and the breathing. Take care and have a great holiday. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2023 at 06:28

      I know what you mean, Bernie. It must be the wisdom we acquire as we age and we learn to let go of perfection. Being organised is the key and a wonderful feeling isn’t it? Enjoy your family and time and best wishes for the Festive Season and 2024. x

  • Reply MIDORI December 21, 2023 at 21:54

    Love these tips and advice for the holiday season, and love your page it’s such an inspiration! You’re such a beauty as well!

    xoxo, MIDORI


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2023 at 05:18

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Midori and I’m pleased you enjoyed my post. Best wishes you to and your family for a wonderful holiday season and a a fabulous 2024. I hope you visit again. x

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