Health and Wellbeing

Control The Stress That Comes With Christmas

The festive season can be one of the best times of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. Shopping for gifts, Christmas parties and time with family can take a toll on your mental and emotional health and leave you with little time to relax and enjoy the festivities.

Follow these tips to help you avoid stress during the festive season:

  • Plan ahead – Waiting until the last minute to purchase gifts, plan a party or send out Christmas cards is bound to make you feel stressed. Give yourself plenty of time to complete your to-do list in case the crowds are large and the lines are long.
  • Watch your finances – It can be tempting to overspend on the perfect gift for someone. But if that means your finances will suffer, it is not worth it. Set spending limits for yourself and stick to them.
  • Adjust your expectations – You will not be able to make it to every party or purchase the perfect gift for everyone. Holding yourself to impossibly high standards is the best way to generate stress. Remind yourself to manage expectations and let go of any guilt.

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If In Doubt – Don’t Drive!

Don’t Drink And Drive During the festive season

Take proper precautions if you drink:

The festive season is a joyous time of year. Although December is the darkest month, spirits are bright and goodwill is plentiful. Many people take the opportunity to celebrate the season with holiday parties that serve generous amounts of beer, wine and spirits. Seasonal indulgence is commonplace.

But if you decide to drink, do not drive. Police throughout the United Kingdom are cracking down on intoxicated drivers with random check-points and even monetary rewards for reporting drink drivers.

The penalties for drink driving are severe—you risk a (more…)