Holiday survival guide
Christmas is a time of turkey, tinsel and goodwill to all……well…..most anyway. But no matter how much you love your family being enclosed in a small space with them for an extended period of time can lead to tension.
Stressed out parents
Stress can be contagious. If mum’s running around like a headless chicken and insisting of making a martyr out of herself and dad’s grumpy old man act is stressing you out there are a few things you can do.
Parents can feel a lot of pressure to make things perfect for Christmas. Try to help your folks out by chopping some veggies, wrapping presents, setting the table or collecting people form the train station. If it’s all a bit much take some time out by yourself, listen to some music or go for a walk. Sometimes a little bit of space can do everyone good. Read more about dealing with stress.
Missing someone at Christmas
Christmas is a time full of traditions, memories and family. This can be hard for families who have lost someone or have a family member who can’t be there. This article has heaps of tips for coping with the feelings that can come when your missing someone at Christmas time.
The family inquisition
It was bound to happen it’s Christmas after all. Some nosey relative is questioning you in front of the whole family about every insecurity you’ve ever had. What are you doing with your life? Are you seeing anybody nice? Do you have a job yet?
Aunty Agnes actually may not be as evil as she appears at first. Remember there is a huge generation gap and things are really different to when she was your age. It may just be possible that they are not trying to embarrass you on purpose so use the opportunity to get to know them better. You never know you both may learn something.
If there’s a risk of something you really don’t feel comfortable talking about coming up, discuss this with some family members you trust beforehand. Try to come up with an action plan to change the subject.
Remember it’s your life, don’t let what other people think make you feel bad about who you are or where your at.
Fighting over the remote? Again?
So you get on great with your siblings usually but being forced to spend time with them in your child-hood-home makes you revert to your five- year-old self. This is actually pretty normal, try to remember that your family members are probably feeling the same way so try to cut them some slack. If cabin fever begins to set in, get some space by going for a walk, reading a book or meeting up with some friends.