HAVE A STRESS-FREE CHRIST­MAS

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Susie Flash­man Jarvis

Im­por­tant fac­tors to man­age dur­ing this hec­tic time

Christ­mas can be a time of baubles, Christ­mas trees, pre­sents, fam­ily and friends. A time of joy and laugh­ter, where long-lost fam­ily mem­bers re­turn home to a ri­otous wel­come. Christ­mas is the time when Chris­tians cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus Christ. Thus, the cel­e­bra­tion by way of feast­ing, drink­ing and laugh­ter is con­tained within the sanc­tity of a Holy event.

BUT IT IS NOT AL­WAYS LIKE THIS!

Let’s face it, Christ­mas usu­ally takes place on 25th De­cem­ber. But in truth the jour­ney to­wards it starts in late Oc­to­ber or even ear­lier in­side the stores and in the ad­ver­tise­ments that start to pa­rade across our tele­vi­sion screens. We see ad­ver­tise­ments that en­sure that chil­dren are primed to ask for and maybe re­ceive gifts that man­u­fac­tur­ers de­ter­mine are the most nec­es­sary to life. There is ad­ver­tis­ing that re­veals the lat­est al­co­holic drink be­ing poured slowly over

crack­ing ice cubes with mint, or chilli or what­ever is the lat­est trend to en­hance the flavour. Food ad­ver­tis­ing is laid out show­ing sump­tu­ous ban­quets to sat­isfy the most dis­cern­ing palates. Fam­ily scenes, with every­one laugh­ing as they pass the dishes down the ta­ble. Chil­dren laugh­ing as they un­pack the most ex­pen­sive toys, as doting par­ents look on. But the stress that so of­ten ac­com­pa­nies this spe­cial time of year can re­ally dampen the pro­ceed­ings. So how can we have a stress-free Christ­mas?

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