Four tips for coping with loss at Christmas

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Christmas is seen by many as a time for celebrating with the family and revelling in the festive season, but that’s not an option for everyone. For some, such as those who have suffered grief with the loss of a loved one, Christmas can be the worst time of the year.

If this is the first Christmas without that special person, you might be dreading the festive period. Remember though, that while the anticipation of Christmas Day is one you can barely think about, the actual day itself is not always that bad, and does not need to be as terrible as it may seem.

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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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