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6 ways to reduce your stress this Christmas season

THEY don't call it the silly season for nothing.

Take a celebration that costs you a lot of money, throw in frenetic and frustrating shopping experiences, add in a bit of family relationship drama - and it's no surprise Christmas is one of the most stressful times of year.

But we're here to help.

For a start, our Cashed up for Christmas giveaway gives readers the chance to win one of six EFTPOS cards pre-loaded with $1000 spending money.

All you need to do is click here and enter. Entries are now open and will close on Wednesday, December 16.

And to further ease the festive fretting, here are some stress-reduction tips:

  • Make a Christmas shopping list to avoid wandering aimlessly for hours, and do your best to avoid the late-December rush
  • Buy a few little extras in case you forget someone or have unexpected visitors bearing gifts
  • Shop online. Many local shops now have online buying options, and some will even gift wrap
  • Don't try to do all the Christmas cooking yourself - delegate tasks
  • Avoid known triggers for family arguments. If you know politics or Aunty May's bikie ex-boyfriend are troublesome topics, try changing the subject or some good old-fashioned distraction
  • Organise a simple, fun after-lunch activity such as backyard cricket or a visit to the beach. Family members are less likely to get into arguments when occupied in this way.

Keep reading for handy Christmas shopping tips and don't miss your chance to win a $1000 EFTPOS card.



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