The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - CHRISTMAS STRESS SPECIAL - – ELIN

They say Christ­mas is a time for fam­i­lies, but for many, the in­tense con­tact with their near­est and dear­est at this time of year is a source of mis­ery rather than joy. Rates of divorce see their big­gest spike af­ter the hol­i­days, while the fall­out from fes­tive fam­ily dra­mas can fes­ter long af­ter the trim­mings have been put away. This week, we’ve con­sulted the ex­perts to help you tackle po­ten­tial fam­ily ten­sion be­fore it gets a chance to strike.

On page 4, we ex­am­ine some of the clas­sic clashes be­tween mums-and daugh­ters-in-law that seem height­ened all the more at this time of year. And, cru­cially, how you can help get your point across while strength­en­ing – rather than dam­ag­ing – your re­la­tion­ship with your in-laws in the long term.

We also shine a light on your clos­est re­la­tion­ship – with your part­ner. Sea­sonal stress has a way of bring­ing all your part­ner’s an­noy­ing habits and all your nig­gling doubts to the sur­face. So be­fore you find your­self hurtling to­wards the New Year and what fam­ily lawyers dub ‘divorce month’, be sure to read our fea­ture on page 6.

Else­where in this is­sue, we look at the lat­est trend mak­ing waves in the cos­metic- surgery world – the foot makeover. ‘Cin­derella surgery’ cov­ers ev­ery­thing from foot fillers to toe lifts. Get the low­down on page 12. Have a great week!

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