Managing Relationships at Christmas
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Jan Baker MSc (P),PTSTA,(P),Dip.TA (P),UKCP Reg,MBACP,(Accred.),Dip.T.A.Sup.
2nd December, 20140 Comments
There are many reasons why managing relationships at Christmas can cause stress and anxiety.
What might be a happy time of celebration and a well-deserved break from work, can be fraught with conflict, stress and breakdown of relationships. Sometimes these ruptures might take many years to heal.
Areas of concern can range from the problems caused by over-spending on presents and catering for many people, to the strains of spending time with ex partners and in-laws.
January 3 has been nicknamed 'divorce day' by lawyers because it's the time when couples return from Christmas holidays determined to seek new and separate lives in the New Year. Many of these issues arise from our unrealistic expectations and our desire to create a ‘perfect’ Christmas.
In reality, this ‘myth’, often perpetuated by the media and our childhood memories of Christmas, understandably falls short of our actual abilities, this is when the damage can occur, both physically, emotionally and to our close relationships.
About the author
I am an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist working in a private setting in rural Lincolnshire.
I work with people from all backgrounds, to explore the possibilities of making changes in their life, through Relational Transactional Analysis.
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