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Taking the stress out of festive family gatherings

Stephanie Bell speaks to NI psychologist Deirdre Martin about dealing with some of the most common Christmas frustrations

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Happy families: Christmas can pile on the stress for a lot of people, Credit: Getty Images

Happy families: Christmas can pile on the stress for a lot of people, Credit: Getty Images

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Psychologist Deirdre Martin. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Psychologist Deirdre Martin. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Happy families: Christmas can pile on the stress for a lot of people, Credit: Getty Images

It may be the season to be jolly but sadly for some people Christmas isn’t all mistletoe and wine. Family get-togethers, arguing over what to watch on the TV and even deciding who is coming to dinner can pile on the pressure during what should be the most wonderful time of the year.

To avoid disappointment and help make Christmas as stress-free as possible we’ve asked a local psychologist to share her top tips on how to deal with the most popular festive dilemmas.


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