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How to Deal with Stress of the Holidays as a Couple

Hi everyone and welcome back to the blog! The holidays are here and it’s the season for hot chocolate and Christmas music! This time of year can really be lots of fun but it can also bring lots of stress. In this post we will like to discuss a few of the stresses that can come along with the holiday season and some possible ways to deal with them. Let’s get started!

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How to deal with the stress of purchasing "the perfect gift"

Purchasing the perfect gifts for your partner can really come with its stresses. Everywhere you look there is some company advertising a new product and well….. this can be overwhelming. Maybe a simple solution to this issue is to set a cap on how much to spend and limit the number of gifts that you and your partner decide to give each other. It is important to sit and have a quick chat about what you both really want. One of the fastest ways to cause an argument is to expect your partner to be a magic mind reader or to have remembered what you told them you wanted in June. We’re all adults, so let’s communicate like it. Remember, getting a gift for your partner should be fun and exciting!


How to handle different religious beliefs or traditions

Being in a relationship where you and your partner have different religious beliefs or traditions can cause a little friction during this time of year. A way to respect each others traditions can be to share the holiday. Maybe try to split up the days so that each of you get a chance to celebrate your own beliefs. This can be done in multiple ways. You can split up each day, for example, one person gets the morning until afternoon and the other gets the afternoon until evening. Or maybe rotate year by year. This will be completely up to you as a couple so have a nice respectful discussion and come up with some great creative ideas!

 

Tip: Read about "How being transparent can help you build and keep a loving relationship"

 

How to avoid stress when it comes to the holiday budget

One of the biggest stresses of the holiday season is MONEY! Boy can that subject really causes some heated debates during this time of year. Well it doesn’t have to. As a couple, it is important to have a financial plan for the holidays. Discuss who you are going to purchase gifts for (friends, family etc.), how much you are going to spend on those gifts, how much you two will spend on things like decorations and rather or not you are going to purchase gifts for each other. Also remember, sometimes the best gifts can’t be bought. Maybe you and your partner can volunteer your time to help a friend or family member with a project they have been trying to complete. You can even plan a big dinner, where you invite everyone to bring a dish, the time spent with loved ones is priceless.


How to approach everything related to family and friends

Friends and family can be great during the holidays but they can also put tons of pressure on a couple. From planning who to spend time with and when, to the first introduction of your partner to certain family members. The key to handling this part of the holidays as a couple is honest and open communication! Also remember to work as a team! No one during this time is worth an argument between you and your partner. If things become to stressful, it may be ok to back off. You may find it necessary to say things like, “No, we won’t be able to make it this year, we’ve decided to spend the holiday as a couple" or “No, we are not doing presents this year". Speak your mind (as a couple) and don’t be afraid to say “No" if things become to stressful. The holidays with friends and family should be stress free and loads of fun!

 

Tip: Read about tips on "How to set and keep healthy boundaries"

 

As you can see, there are multiple things that can cause stress during the holiday season but with open and honest communication between a loving couple, you should be able to overcome holiday stress with no problem. So grab your partner, some hot chocolate a cozy blanket and enjoy this holiday as stress free as possible! HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Foraging for Two!


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