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NTF : December 6th 2010
Christmas, and the weeks leading up to it, areoften the busiest times of the year and atricky time to navigate your love life. If you’resingle, life can revolve around family and social commitments leaving little time for you. If you’reinarelationship it can be difficult to find abalance between family,friends and your partner. Dr Gian Gonzaga, eHarmony.com.au relationship expert and director of research and development at eHarmony Labs, says that your love life doesn’thave to suffer during this hectic period. To help couples and singles navigate the silly season, eHarmony has provided tips to help reduce the stress during this busy time. Put yourself first So you’renot in arelationship? Being single at this time of year can work in your favour.Take the opportunity to treat yourself. Yo udon’thave to worry about buying agift for apartner so why not get yourself something you’ve been longing for all year? Ta ke some time to reflect on the year that’sbeen, and prepare yourself for the year ahead. And don’t forget, it’scalled “holidays” for areason – make sureyou put time aside to relax and rejuvenate, it’sbeen along year. Embrace being single and have fun! If you’resingle, make the most of it and embrace the silly season. With Christmas parties and social functions in abundance, it’sagreat chance to get out, expand your social circle and meet new people. If you’rejust coming back to the dating scene, don’tfocus on finding a serious partner.Give yourself some time to enjoy yourself without worrying about someone else in your life. Make the most of opportunities that help you meet new people, be positive and most of all, have fun! Work on your professional relationships Yo umay not have aromantic relationship now,but with so many work related functions and activities, it’s agreat time to focus on your career. Ta ke the opportunity to build your personal brand at company events in the lead up to Christmas and take advantage of networking opportunities. Just keep in mind that all the rules of the office apply,and keep all the socialising professional. Play fair The busy Christmas period can present many hurdles for those in arelationship. Dilemmas such as what side of the family to spend Christmas with, or which group of friends to see on the weekend, can be tricky situations for couples to deal with. When making these decisions it’s important to make them as ateam and ensurethat both parties have their say. Ensureyou keep the lines of communication open and try and be fair to each other,and the relationship. Don’tlet decisions over Christmas create unnecessary problems in your love life. Make time for each other For many,the silly season can be all about work, parties, family and friends, leaving little time for your relationship. While life is busy this time of year,it’s important not to let your relationship be pushed to the bottom of the list. Make an effort to free up some time for each other.Try and set aside aday,or adinner,dedicated to the two of you, just to catch up. Yo ur relationship will be all the better for it and you’ll be making apositive start to the New Ye ar. Relationships Navigating Christmas and managing your love life can be tricky!w Angelina Jolie &Brad Pitt: Five years strong, although he may want to rethink those pleather pants. Jennifer Aniston: Throw me a bone herepeople, I’m desperate! MORE ON 38
December 13th 2010