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Avoiding stress through the festive period

clip_image001Christmas is definitely one of the most stressful events of the year, with the expense of buying gifts, the heightened expectations and last minute organisation – all of which can undermine our best intentions.

Whilst Christmas is also a happy and joyful time, it can sometimes get the better of us. Here are some practical tips that can help to reduce your “Christmas stress”…

Plan ahead

Make a to-do list of the things you need to organise: shopping, food, presents, decorations, seating plans or travel arrangements. Then try to prioritise the items on your list, so for example recipes can be made ahead of time and frozen, reducing the number of tasks in the run up to Christmas day.

Shop online – avoid all other stressed people on the high street and shop in the comfort of your own home. If you’re ordering food online book your delivery slot early enough as the prime delivery spots may be booked early.

Managing the relationships

· clip_image002Don’t expect miracles; sometimes the thought of the family all being in one place without bickering can bring on undue tension. Try not to anticipate it all kicking off!

  • Avoid any known triggers, for example if some subjects are off limits with certain family members then use distraction and quickly move the conversation onto something else.
  • Use relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing to cope with anxiety or tension.
  • Get the family involved in an after-lunch activity, then there will be less likelihood of arguments.
  • Avoid self-medication: people under stress may hit the alcohol which can alleviate stress.

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