Is there such thing as a perfect Christmas? Even when armed with the most positive of attitudes, Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of year. If you’re falling upon hard times this year and are struggling to cope, we have the ultimate guide for surviving this year. Budgeting As the UK smashed sales figures on Black Friday and Cyber Monday earlier this month, it seems Christmas presents are generating some of the busiest days of sales ever. Christmas can put massive strain on our finances; however try not to let financial pressure ruin your Christmas. Set aside an afternoon at least a week before Christmas to get everything you need. Make a list and set a budget so you avoid the need to panic buy, instead ensuring the best price on potential gifts. If you are really struggling this year, take time to hand make gifts, organise a ‘secret Santa’ or agree with family members to just buy for children/immediate family. Socialising Parties, works do’s and family get-togethers are all essential parts of the Christmas calendar. However as your diary starts to fill up with social obligations, don’t forget to grab some time to spend by yourself or with your partner. Not all events need to be squeezed into the 12 days of Christmas so rearrange for a less jam-packed time if you can. Navigating the minefield of the office Christmas party keeping your reputation, your job and relationships intact can be tricky, especially when they’re fuelled by free booze and bravado. Enjoy everything in moderation and you will avoid drunken fallouts with friends and colleagues. Family For many families, Christmas marks a time when everybody comes together to eat, drink and be merry, but for many of us that isn’t the case. With so many people in one place it is inevitable that you may feel anxious and flustered. To help cut out stress this Christmas, try to prepare yourself and have realistic expectations of your family. Accept that they are not perfect and that they will probably say things that you don’t like, but make a decision to try not to let it spoil your day. If you find that you are one of the many people facing Christmas in the throes of grieving for a lost loved one, or simply feeling down or lonely remember that you don’t have to succumb to festive pressure. It’s ok to spend the day quietly. Invest in an amethyst and carry it in your pocket around Christmas. They are incredibly tranquil stones that symbolize peace and may help you to focus your energy and overcome fearful feelings. If you feel your stress levels starting to rise, take a few moments to yourself and take some deep breaths to help you relax. 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.