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December 2021 – Step 12 of a 12 Month Programme

"It’s looking, a lot like…. Christmas…"

 Every year, the holidays are a cause of stress for millions of individuals. All too frequently, the pleasure and goodwill of Christmas is replaced by anxiety and melancholy as people worry about being able to afford expensive gifts and hosting family and friends at their homes. Don't attempt to satisfy everyone and aim for perfection; it's impossible and, more importantly, it's not enjoyable! Stick to a budget; nice gifts don't have to be expensive. Above all, take some time to consider what truly matters and is significant to you.

Have a reality check and ask yourself -

  1. How much of Christmas is a duty and a chore?
  2. How can you change that?
  3. Do you find yourself dreading, rather than looking forward to the holidays?
  4. Do you become obsessed with holiday party planning – always trying to “one up” your previous parties or events held by neighbours and friends?
  5. Do you drink more alcohol than usual as a means of escape before during or after the Christmas season?
  6. Do you overspend on gifts and parties, finding yourself stressed out over your finances come January? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider the following coping strategies to help you get through the coming Christmas Season

Delegate, delegate, delegate, attempting to take on too much responsibility over the holidays is one of the most prevalent sources of personal stress. Find relatives who are willing (or reluctant) to assist and delegate part of the responsibilities to them.

Don’t drink too much during the holidays. The need to escape may be strong, but don’t resort to drinking during the Christmas. By doing so, you will only be fuelling more anxiety and post-holiday depression – not to mention putting yourself at risk.

Playing "Keeping up with the Joneses" is not a good idea. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to constantly buy the greatest gifts and give the most extravagant events. Instead, try to concentrate on what matters most over the holidays: having everyone you care about close by and well.

So in December……

Ditch: some responsibility for catering and rope family members to contribute to the festive meal.

Take Up: Goodwill to all – get into the festive spirit

Pat yourself on the back: For not drink driving.....




Article by Mamuna Arshad – Aesthetic, Lifestyle Specialist & COMPS Lecturer

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