13 Tips For Managing Family Stress During The Festive Season

Festive seasons in Malaysia are aplenty, and that means lots of family gatherings, all-day snacking and packing for some of the largest mass road trips in the country. But wait. This season also brings about stress from the family – the obligations, the traditions, the gifts, the questions. Oh yes, the questions.

Not to worry, we’ve got some nifty tips and tricks up our sleeves to keep your sanity this time around!

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Stressor #2: Questions galore

Let’s see. At the top of the list are “Are you dating anyone?”, “When are you getting married?” and “Did you gain weight?”. Some women in China have resorted to hiring stand-in boyfriends to stop the nagging, and one man even kidnapped a woman to force her to be his wife. But let’s not go there, shall we? Try these out instead:

1. Give a few examples of bad dates you’ve been on, and then appear more anxious than your parents about not being attached yet. This should bring on advice on safety during dates and not having to rush into things

2. Divert everyone’s attention by bringing up the latest celebrity gossip and low-down on who’s dating who (as long as it’s not about who’s dating you)! Then check out what old school movies are going to be shown on telly

3. Wear what looks like a couple’s ring, and when asked about it, appear embarrassed and reluctant to talk about it

4. A simple “I’m focusing on my studies / career” or “The right guy will be lucky to meet me” can bring about approving nods and laughter

5. If the issue of weight is brought up, talk about how well fed you are, comment about how good the food that night is and ask for recipes

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