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Dr Aric Sigman’s Top Tips for Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time. Buying presents, preparing the festive dinner…and now BYSS research has shown that one fifth of women are dreading the Christmas gatherings as they worry about the size, look and comfort of their home when entertaining and accommodating friends and family.

To help get through the festive period, Dr Aric Sigman gives us his top tips:

• Remind Yourself of what Christmas is actually celebrating. Then ask yourself: what would the original ‘birthday boy’ think of today’s stressed-out version of Christmas? It might be something like: ‘What have you done to my birthday?’

• Set Christmas priorities. Uninterrupted time together can be the very best present for families – especially children. Bonding time, catching up time and casual fun should take precedence over Christmas trappings and present-buying frenzy. Everything we do at Christmas should help this process along not detract from it

• Put your expectations through a reality check. It is clear that for many people they are not realistic. Christmas is not a performance like a Christmas play and things often will not go perfectly to plan

• Delegate and outsource. Women should think about what Christmas chores and responsibilities they can realistically and fairly off-load to partners and children. Although many women want to do the cooking from scratch, think about cooking shortcuts or what can be bought/prepared in advance

• Limit drink. Too much alcohol is sometimes called ‘Firewater’ or ‘The Devil’s Buttermilk’ for good reason. Being thrown together for 3 days indoors may be a bit much for many, and getting drunk on top of this can loosen tongues in the worst of ways. If you suspect someone is likely to have an outburst or is habouring less than loving thoughts towards their Mother-in-law think twice about offering them repeated top-ups

• Turn off your technology. Christmas is downtime for families and society, and should be about the here and now with the people we care about. Leave the Smartphones and tablet computers off. Christmas day is about eye-to-eye not i to i

• Don’t run on empty. In the run up to Christmas, too many parties, frequent late nights and work demands leave many women exhausted long before the 25th arrives. Sleep-deprivation that becomes cumulative during December renders people less able to cope physically and emotionally and therefore less able to enjoy the celebrations. Wherever possible choose rest over less-than-necessary Christmas preparations or parties. Get as much sleep as you can get away with on Christmas Eve