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Holiday-Proof Your Relationship pg1

Don’t let silly squabbles spoil your holiday.

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re relaxing during your much-deserved break is a fight. Whether it stems from financial strain, the stress of family gatherings or simply who’s shouldering the load of the Christmas shopping, now is not the time to argue with your loved one.

‘The holidays are supposed to be joyful. Yet, fighting, sadness, and couples breaking up is also a reality for many,’ says Dr Bonnie Eaker Weil, author of Make Up, Don’t Break Up. ‘The holidays are more stressful for a variety of reasons: increased spending, more activities and commitments, and frequent gatherings with families,’ she says. Any one of these factors are reason enough to cause conflict. Plus, holiday blues are escalated through constant over-eating, too much alcohol and an over-indulgence in sugar, as well as the negative associations of stress and fighting from previous holidays. Here are some tips from Dr Weil on how to holiday-proof your relationship.

Holiday-Happy Tip #1 ‘Don’t drink too much,’ says Dr Weil. ‘Alcohol and sugar increase moodiness and lower your endorphins, leaving you more likely to pick a fight.’
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