Christmas Tips from Relationships Aotearoa
1. Make time to relax with those you love.
2. Christmas is a season, not just one day. Spread the celebrations out.
3. Ask for help. Offer help. Share the load
4. Try and put longstanding disagreements aside for the day and enjoy yourselves.
5. If things do get tense, take a deep breath, change the subject or walk away.
6. Steer clear of disagreements when you drink.
7. Use a little self-control so you don't say or do something hurtful.
8. Make it fun for the kids, and it will be easier for you.
9. Lighten the financial pressure on your relationship. Set a dollar limit for gifts and food.
10. Take time out as well as time off, allow some time just for you.
Practical Tips for Reducing Christmas Stress
Spread the celebrations out; remember that Christmas is a season, not just one day. That’s one of the suggestions from Relationships Aotearoa to reduce the stresses of Christmas.
"Christmas is a time of celebration, a time to appreciate one another. Yet we know it is also a time when relationships can be put under enormous strain," said Jeff Sanders, Relationships Aotearoa Chief Executive.
"People get tired and often drink more. We might end up spending time with people we generally try to avoid. Sometimes we say or do something we wouldn’t normally."
"People we work with tell us how hard it can be to manage competing expectations from partners, friends and family at this time of year."
"There are simple things we can all do to make Christmas easier and more enjoyable. Relationships Aotearoa has come up with ten simple tips to help you stop and think about how you are relating to others, and give you practical tools for changing situations you don’t like," said Mr Sanders.