Festive Holiday Season or Silly season?

Festive or Silly Holiday Season? The holiday season is fast approaching, we can choose to make it festive, joyous time to relax and catch up with family and friends or we can turn it into a silly season and create more stress for ourselves than necessary. We also need to be mindful that this time of the year is not necessarily a festive time for everyone, for some, it can trigger bouts of depression especially if someone close to them has recently died or they have been through a separation / divorce. So how do we prevent stress or depression? * Be realistic – family get together don’t have to be perfect. Try to be flexible with family obligations and arrangements as families change and grow, i.e. newly married, recent birth or divorce. Revaluate past traditions and rituals and be open to create new ones to cope with changes. * Enjoy the moments – even when things are not perfect. Don’t expect family members and friends to live up to your expectations (as you don’t know what is going on for them). Accept them as they are and be understanding if the situation goes awry. Set aside grievances for discussion at another more appropriate time. * Stick to a budget – decide how much money you can afford to spend on food and gift shopping then stick to your budget. Ask your loved ones what they want for Christmas instead of getting stressed out guessing what perfect…

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