15 March 2004

Coping with new year stress

The new year is a time for celebration, but also stress.

The new year is a time for celebration but also stress.

Difficult relatives
If the problem is that you have relatives that you don't get on with, plan to spend only a short while with them. This also applies if you have relatives that tend to overstay their welcome - plan a holiday to get away from it all.

Don't spend more than you can afford. The debts you incur are likely to cause an anxious beginning to the New Year. Rather leave some money over.

Remember that alcohol is essentially a depressant. Excessive amounts will not help you cope and could worsen the situation.

Treat yourself
Plan small treats for yourself and phone friends and family who make you feel good about yourself. Buy yourself that little something you've been wanting for ages.

Put your feet up and enjoy the festivities on the TV and radio. Value your own needs as much as those of the rest of the family and make time for yourself. This is also your holiday season and time for you to relax and unwind.

Accept support
Allow your family and friends to help you, but if that is not an option you have available, remember that there are people to talk to, who are willing to listen and to help.

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