Reduce The Stress Associated With the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be the most wonderful and fun time of the year.  Unfortunately, it can also be the most stressful time of the year.  Did you know that the holiday season is the time when couples fight the most?  If you look at all the things going on during the holiday season you can understand why some bickering can happen.  You will be able to reduce the holiday squabbling once you realize what the problems are and then find a way to resolve them.  There are resolutions to all the problems as long as the two of you are willing to work together.  The holiday season is not the time to be selfish, instead it is the time for a couple to compromise and work together,

Two of the biggest issues between couples for the holiday season are where to spend the holidays and how much to spend for gifts.

Couples often will argue about where to spend the holidays.  Both families may expect you to join them.  If visiting the family involves traveling perhaps you can agree to visit one family, this year and the other family the next year.  Alternate your holiday visit each year.  If the families are close by then split your day and visit one family in morning and the other family in the afternoon or evening.  You will need to reach a compromise as a couple in order to avoid arguing about where to spend the holiday.

Gifts can create another stumbling block for a couple.  One partner may want to stay within a budget in order to avoid bills coming in the new year.  The other partner may feel the holidays only come once a year and there should not be spending limits.  Before you begin shopping the two of you need to sit down and decide how much you will spend and then stick to that spending limit.  If money is really tight there are gifts you can give which are not expensive. Think about making some homemade goodies or make a gift certificate to be redeemed for babysitting services.

There are so many additional activities during the holidays that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with all of them.  Between your normal schedule of work, home and school you now have added shopping and parties.  You and your partner are probably not able to spend much relaxing time together since you are both strained and exhausted.  All you probably have the energy for is to have dinner and fall into bed and sleep.

If you have too many things going on its time to find a way to cut back on some of the activities.  You really do not have to attend every party or social event to which you are invited.  There will be social events where for one reason or another you cannot decline the invitation.  When this happens make an appearance and stay a decent amount of time.  You do not have to stay until the end of the event.  You may even be able to take care of more than one of these events in the same night if you work it right.

When you and your partner learn to work together the holiday season can be truly happy and joyous time of year.Untitled-111-980x735