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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > Dec/Jan 19 > 12 WAYS OF CHRISTMAS


These expertled tips will help you survive the stresses of December with a smile and your sanity intact

1 Conflict control

Psychologist Emma Kenny explains how to keep Uncle Bob and your meddling mother-in-law in check Family conflicts are predictable because we often behave how we have always behaved, so try to shake things up. Change seating plans, give people different roles, make plans to get out of the house, celebrate somewhere neutral or invite different friends over.

You’ll have familiar triggers, too; someone is interrupted or talked over, which sparks a row about underlying annoyances like power or favouritism. Swap kneejerk reactions for a deep breath and a calm response, and give your harshest critics (‘Oh, you don’t make your own cranberry sauce?’) a role so they feel important. Call ahead and make a clear request, such as, ‘I love your mince pies, can you bring a batch?’ And don’t be on such high alert that you misinterpret conversations.

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Keep a cool head with our calm Christmas issue! Inside, you’ll find expert-approved tips on surviving the stresses of the festive period and morning after hacks to treat both a booze and beauty hangover. We investigate the power of winter workouts, discover how you can reclaim your sex drive, and TV Chef Gizzi Erskine tells us why it’s OK not to feel body positive all the time. Plus, our veggie festive food special is crammed with all you need to eat, drink and still be merry come the Big Day. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!