Christmas is an odd time of year. It can be a wonderful, festive and joyful time; when everyone is smiling and happy. Or, it can turn people into raging, stressful, irrational beings.   There is so much to do considering the happy, festive season don’t create itself. Usually, someone has spent hours trudging through packed shops, fighting over the last turkey, and undertake the task of cooking Christmas dinner. Also does anyone like sitting for hours on end writing Christmas cards to people you haven’t seen in 20 years? Well, let’s break with tradition this year, let’s look at 5 tips to combat stress levels over the holiday period.   Get everyone involved – You are not the only one capable of doing Christmas tasks in the household, so start laying down the law and easing your work load. Bribe the kids to write out Christmas cards, with 20cents for every card they write neatly. Give family members food to bring on the day if you’re hosting Christmas. Delegate to those involved to make the process easier.   Meditate- Slow down, relax, breathe deeply. Have a period each day when you sit in silence, with a few scented candles, and do some breathing exercises. By stopping the tension from over-flowing, you are preventing yourself from making those bad errors in judgement that so often occur with anger and high-stress levels. Don’t let the bad stuff get to you. So what if your neighbours crashed your Christmas and had too much to drink. We’ll be laughing about it this time next year.   Manage Expectations – This means for you and others. Setting yourself up to create the perfect Christmas and it not quite going to […]