Lifestyle | Minding your well being at Christmas

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From feuding families to money worries, the festive season can be a stressful time for many. We look at some of the best ways to maintain your health and well being at Christmas.

Whether it’s the crippling cost of Christmas or having to entertain unwanted guests, this time of year can quickly turn from fun and frolics to tears and tantrums.

While there may be no way of avoiding some situations, you can manage the way you deal and prepare your mind and body for any obstacles.

We all would love the postcard-perfect Christmas with log fires, perfect food and the best presents money can buy. Unfortunately, such a scene is only real for movies and the rich. You have to be realistic of what you can achieve and accept that things will inevitably go wrong at this time. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Try to hold on to a few, but be open to creating new ones.

Just because it’s Christmas, that does not mean that family confrontations stop. Accept family members as they are, even if they do not live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until after Christmas when everyone is less-stressed.

Money is the one reason why we stress so much at Christmas, and more so after the festive period as we count up the cost of it all. Set a budget and stick to it. Give homemade gifts or have a secret santa to save on costs.

Learn to say no. You do not have to go out every night of the week to see everyone at Christmas. If you do not want to go, simply say no. Instead, arrange to meet for a coffee at another time or plan to catch up in the New Year.

Take some time out for yourself by going for a long walk or have a leisurely lunch on your own. Your body and mind will be grateful of the break and alone time.