Take a Break from Education This Christmas

Posted 21 December 2016

With Christmas just days away, it’s important to relax, unwind and have some well-earned ‘me-time’. One of the benefits of distance learning is that there are no deadlines, so you can take a break from your studies to fully enjoy the festive period with your loved ones.

If you wish to continue studying over Christmas, you’re more than welcome to, however, if you don’t, you can pick back up where you left off whenever you’re ready without worrying about your grades dropping.

Christmas is a notoriously stressful time of year, there’s food to buy, presents to get and endless friends and family to visit but, it doesn’t have to be hectic. We’ve compiled our top tips for having a relaxing, stress-free Christmas break this year:

Be Prepared

At Christmas, preparation is key. From gifts and social events to cooking Christmas dinner, to-do lists will ensure that you’re prepared for every eventuality, come the big day. Creating lists will keep you on track, ensure that you don’t forget to buy any gifts, help to organise your social life and, make sure that nothing is missing from your Christmas meal.

Ticking items off a to-do list gives us a sense of accomplishment and seeing the list decrease motivates us to carry on with our tasks.

Plan Ahead

Shopping centres may be open until midnight in the week running up to Christmas but who really wants to be rushing from store to store on Christmas eve, panic buying presents for members of your family? Planning ahead and getting things sorted early gives you plenty of time to deal with any problems that may arise.

There is always one friend that buys you an unexpected gift. Having the bulk of your Christmas preparation done means that you can visit one store, purchase a present and get back home, without adding to your already full to-do list.

Buying your food, bit at a time during every weekly shopping trip in the run up to Christmas eliminates stress and decreases the likelihood of forgetting anything. Leaving your festive food shop to the last minute can result in empty shelves and disappointed faces on Christmas day.


Christmas is undoubtedly the most expensive time of the year. This year, UK Christmas spending is expected to break records at around £77.56billion, making Brits the biggest spenders in all of Europe.

It’s easy to go overboard at Christmas, purchasing food that you don’t need at the supermarket and unnecessary gifts for distant friends and relatives. Setting yourself a budget is essential to make sure that you don’t run into any financial difficulties in the New Year and, to ensure that there is money left over for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

Take Care of Yourself

We spend the Christmas period rushing from place to place, trying to squeeze as many visits to friends and family members into the schedule as possible. Combined with endless festive days out, the Christmas holidays can be exhausting for all members of the family. Taking time out to look after yourself is essential if you’re to be in good health for the whole festive period.

The weather is usually cold during Christmas so flu’s and germs are everywhere, keep the whole family in good shape with fresh fruit and vegetables and extra vitamins to counteract all the sweet, unhealthy treats that they’ll be snacking on.

It’s easy to overindulge during the festive period, there’s usually goodies where ever you go. From sweets and biscuits to pigs in blankets and hot roast pork sandwiches, it’s difficult to stick to a healthy diet with so much temptation around. Moderating your food and alcohol intake will stop you from feeling tired and worse-for-wear over Christmas, ensuring that you’re in high spirits!

Constant activities can run you down so stock up on medication and plan some lazy days amongst all of the exciting festive activities. It can also be difficult to get enough sleep when there is so much going on, but, being tired can lead to bad moods and restless children so it’s important to keep a bedtime routine in place.

Have Fun!

Christmas is the only time of year when all of your loved ones are at home together with no work or education to worry about. Make the most of this special time by planning to spend time together, this could be at home watching Christmas movies, going out for food with groups of friends, having big, family parties or getting outside to take part in festive activities. Christmas is a great time to catch up with your loved ones, reflect on the past year and make plans for the future.


How ever you will be spending this Christmas, remember to relax and have fun with your loved ones.

A very Merry Christmas from all at CCfE!













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