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Keeping Relationships Healthy This Christmas

Media Statement – for immediate release 18 December 2008


Keeping Relationships Healthy This Christmas

Make time to relax with those you love. That’s one of the suggestions from Relationship Services to reduce the stresses of the Christmas season.

“Christmas is a time of celebration, a time to appreciate one another. Yet sadly for some it is also a time when relationships can be put under enormous strain. People get tired and often drink more. We might end up spending time with people we generally try to avoid,” said Cary Hayward, Relationship Services National Practice Manager.

“There are simple things we can all do to reduce the tensions around Christmas. Relationship Services has come up with ten simple tips to help you stop and think about how you are relating to others, and give you practical tools for changing situations you do not like,” said Mr Hayward.


Christmas Tips from Relationship Services

1. Make time to relax with those you love.
2. Ask for help. Offer help. Co-operation lightens everyone's load.
3. If things get tense, take a deep breath, change the subject or walk away.
4. Plan a tactful way to leave if a social event gets too stressful.
5. When you don't like what's happening, suggest doing something else.
6. Steer clear of disagreements when you drink.
7. Use a little self-control so you don't say or do something hurtful.
8. Keep kids out of adult disagreements.
9. Make it fun for the kids, and it will be easier for you.
10. Take some time just for you this holiday.

For more ideas and tips, go to www.relate.org.nz


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