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Stress less for a happier Christmas

Stress less for a happier Christmas

Christmas is about enjoying time together but the holiday season often places greater demands on many people. Sometimes the strain causes significant tensions, with heated arguments and regrettable results following.

Police say minor problems can be resolved before they reach boiling point and heated exchanges. Taking some quiet time away from tense, heated and stressful situations can be enough to calm feelings and emotions down. A few quiet hours may be all that is needed.

Family violence is not okay and people with concerns for safety should call Police. The incidence of family violence traditionally increases at this time of year and arguments can occur over a variety of issues - often money, relationships and access to children. Police in Wellington hope some helpful advice will result in diffusing arguments over Christmas, New Year and beyond.

Spend within your limits - it's not 'a bargain' if you can't afford it in the first place. Unexpected expenses, overspending and poor budgeting can stretch finances and cause enormous burdens and stress. Reserve some money for the January and February bills.

Drink responsibly and have a sober driver. Police will be out in numbers checking for drink drivers across the District. You don't have to be drunk to have a great time and your actions could cause considerable friction with loved ones.

Make arrangements early if you share joint custody of children so they can enjoy time with both parents. Children can become extremely distressed and confused by the stress of arguments between their parents.

Make plans to spend Christmas and New Year with supportive loved ones so you are not drawn back to bad or violent relationships through temporary loneliness.

Wellington District Police attend almost 600 incidents involving family violence in December and January, an estimated number seen in the past three years.

Police don't expect to eliminate every family violence situation just with these suggestions. Deeper family violence issues can extend back for years. The dynamics associated with family violence are complex and permanent changes take a long-term commitment. Police will provide information about support agencies to those in need.

Wellington District Police wish a safe and Merry Christmas to families and communities.

Contact Police on 111 to report a family violence incident.

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