The build up to Christmas is often associated with celebration, family and festive joy. For many people however, the next month will be continuing source of stress. The holidays can be a tough time for a number of different reasons. If you aren’t feeling the festive joy this year, ask yourself what it is that’s causing your stress before you deal with it directly. Many people will lose a family member or close friend this year and may feel unsettled at the thought of spending the festive period without them. Death, divorce or the break up of a friendship can all have a huge effect on your celebrations. If you find that you are one of the many people facing Christmas in the throes of grieving for a lost loved one, remember that you don’t have to succumb to festive pressure. It’s ok to spend the day quietly. It may be that money worries are taking over this month. The cost of presents, decorations and Christmas dinner all add up, leaving you with one big financial headache. Budget as early as possible, and set out exactly how much you want (and can afford) to spend on each aspect of Christmas. This way you won’t find yourself making last minute panic buys that you don’t need. The holidays can also highlight memories and feelings that you have been avoiding. Many people may become overwhelmed with childhood memories or feelings of depression around Christmas but there is no need to cope alone. For those times when you have questions or concerns that you don’t feel you can voice to anybody else, our psychics are here to listen to you and offer any kind and supportive words that they may have. Controlling stress and changing your outlook… There are a number of ways to combat and control Christmas stress. If you feel the pressure is all getting a bit too much this year, take time to RELAX… R – Remember what Christmas is really about. Use this time to come together with your community and cherish the most important people in your life. If you are feeling lonely this year, why not volunteer and give your time to others who are worse off than yourself? E – Exercise – If you need an escape from the chaos of Christmas, exercise is a great way to relieve your stress. Go for a brisk walk, join a gym or attend a class with likeminded people. Not only will your mood increase, you could even kick-start a healthier, happier New Year. L – Listening to music is one of the easiest ways to relax. When everything’s getting a bit too much, take some time to slow down, breathe and chill out to your favourite songs. A – Ask for help. We often struggle through the festive period by ourselves, but don’t be ashamed to reach out to someone you trust for help. Help can come in many forms, and you may find support from a friend or neighbour, a religious tradition or a psychic adviser. X – Extricate yourself from unnecessary responsibilities. Over commitment can only add to your stress so decide how far you are physically, mentally and financially able to push yourself this year. You will enjoy the season so much more if you focus on making yourself happy rather than trying to please everyone. However you’re spending Christmas this year, we hope you have a positive and stress-free festive season. If this isn’t the case, Psychic Light are on hand to offer guidance and advice all throughout the Christmas holidays.