Media is once again putting too much pressure on us to have it all and if we don’t have this, don’t have that and don’t make this handmade item we are failures.
Isn’t it time to take the pressure of ourselves, stop stressing at Christmas and just have some fun.
But if it all get a little too much for you or you are dreading the festive period, here are some tips from Relate counsellor Christine Northam:
If there have been any family rows during the year, resolve them. Tell the people you argued with that you’re looking forward to seeing them. Ask if you can get together before Christmas to talk about whatever problem you had.
Plan the day and share out the jobs that need to be done. Don’t slave away for hours on your own and feel like people have taken advantage of you.
Discuss your plans with others, including any children who will be there, so that you can listen to their ideas and wishes for the day. Then you can come up with a celebration which includes things that please everyone.
Have a timetable for Christmas Day so that you don’t all sit around for hours doing nothing. Try to make sure you won’t be spending a lot of time with a difficult person or someone you don’t get along with.
Don’t drink too much. Drinking excessively is never a good idea. Find out more on safer drinking.