Managing your holiday stress

IT’S party time and you’re excited to see everyone. But parties also mean a lot of work, and that can mean a lot of stress. If you’re hyperventilating at the thought of the jobs ahead, check out these tips to control your stress levels.

Adjust your expectations

If you’re planning to follow the footsteps of Hollywood parties that have been put together by professional designers, you’re going overboard. Remember your own best holiday memories and it’s probably not going to centre on matching plates and that perfect sauce you had with the second course. So do deck up the place but don’t obsess over perfection.

Buy what you can

Yes, it’s lovely to finally make your own cranberry sauce and it’s brilliant that you can prepare your own chocolate cake but you have a tonne of things to do already. So go ahead and buy the canned stuff and don’t feel you need to do it all yourself.

Separate your guests

If your aunt loathes your cousin, and they are famous for having spats, then don’t have them over at the same time. Be frank about it if you have to. Also, warn anyone who has the lovely idea of using your gathering to settle family fights.

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