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Top tips for dealing with Christmas stress

As a carer you will probably have had to change or create new traditions at home or with your family and friends. You might find it helpful to discuss which festive traditions are helpful, and which are more difficult and stressful.

  • Top tip #1: Agree on an approach to Christmas with family and friends well before festivities begin. This may help the holiday run smoother and can reduce conflict and stress.
  • Top tip #2: If routine and stability is important to the person you care for prepare a few things in advance. Perhaps you could talk them through what's going to be happening on the day?

Take a look at our top tips about coping with the stresses of caring in our relationships guide for carers.

You could also read keep calm this Christmas from the British Association of Anger Management.