How to handle Christmas stress

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Christmas is a time of happiness for many people. It’s when we catch up with old friends and return home to have Christmas dinner with siblings and extended family. While this represents a joyful time for so many, for others it can be fraught with stress and anxiety.
Being forced to sit at the same table as someone you don’t see eye-to-eye with is not a pleasant thought, while keeping a smile on your face through it all can seem impossible. On top of that, there’s the shopping to contend with in the build-up to Christmas Day. However, it doesn’t need to be such a difficult time. All it takes is a little bit of stress management. Here are five self-care tips to reduce stress this festive season.

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Boost your self-care with a good night’s sleep

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There’s no better sensation than waking up and feeling like you can conquer the world. Of course, you must first get a good night’s sleep before this can happen – and this isn’t always possible if you’re not practising self-care. After all, there are many things that we do before bed – some of which we do with the best of intentions – which are actually preventing us from hitting the hay and getting the rest we deserve. Sadly, a lack of sleep usually means that you won’t be ready to tackle everything that the next day throws at you. With this in mind, here are three things you should stop doing before bed if you want to focus on true self-care.
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5 ways to boost your self-confidence

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Self-confidence encourages others to be confident in their abilities, contributing to a greater feeling of wellbeing for them as well as success in their chosen field. People who display self-confidence inspire others and earn their respect and admiration. They are resilient; whenever they face obstacles or setbacks, they know they have the techniques and attributes to get past them. I have put together five ways you can improve your confidence, starting today.

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Simple lifestyle changes which have the biggest effects

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When one thinks about lifestyle changes, it’s often easy to get carried away. People are quickly put off making changes for the better by presuming they’re going to be difficult or life-altering for the worse. The reality, however, is quite different.

You can start improving your life just by implementing these simple lifestyle change:

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How to be kind to your future self and reduce your stress levels

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It’s so easy in the rush of modern life to get caught up in doing things for other people, to get into hectic routines, or to procrastinate. All of these things can give stress the chance to build over a period of time until you’re left feeling overwhelmed. We need all the help we can get to juggle everything life throws at us, but did you know that you can be your own best friend in this regard?
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Three non-work tasks to help you unwind while away from the office

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The most stressful jobs don’t just fall on the backburner when you walk out of the office door. Instead, you’ll probably find that you bring aspects of the role – whether it’s admin, correspondence or project planning – back home with you at the end of the day. Even when you manage to keep such duties at bay until the start of another working day, it can feel like you’re always fighting a pent-up energy demanding that you get stuck into a task. Rather than buckle under this pressure and risk becoming overworked, here are three non-work tasks for you to help you unwind while away from the office.

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Start fixing your relationship issues today for a happier tomorrow

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Relationship issues come in all shapes and sizes, but something they all share is that if you ignore them they will always get worse over time. Without fail.

When you’re suffering relationship issues, whatever they may be, it’s easy to feel like sweeping them under the carpet and trying to pretend that nothing is wrong. It may work for a few weeks, maybe even a couple of months, but that underlying tension will always resurface no matter how much you try to stop it.

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3 signs you’re burning out – and 3 ways to prevent it

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3 signs you’re burning out – and 3 ways to prevent it

To burn out is something that happens to more people than you think and it can creep up on you. Try to notice any of the following signs to identify when everything may be getting too much for you!

1. Your interaction with others

Think about your average day at work and consider how you speak to your colleagues. Are they long conversations, where you can both get things off your chests? Or are they short, snappy chats that do not fulfill their potential? If you feel frustrated by your work interactions, it will drip-feed into your home, creating conflicts and negative relationship issues.

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