Whether you’re single or attached, Christmas is often one of the busiest periods of the year and a tricky time to navigate your love life. If you’re single, life can revolve around family and social commitments leaving little time for you. If you’re in a relationship it can be difficult to find a balance between family, friends and your partner.
Dr Gian Gonzaga, eHarmony.com.au relationship expert, says that your love life doesn’t have to suffer during this hectic period. To help couples and singles navigate the silly season, eHarmony has provided tips to help lessen the stress during this busy time.
TIPS FOR SINGLES
Put yourself first
So you’re not in a relationship? Being single at this time of year can work in your favour. Take the opportunity to treat yourself. You don’t have to worry about buying a gift for a partner so why not get yourself something you’ve been longing for all year? Take some time to reflect on the year that’s been, and prepare yourself for the year ahead. And don’t forget, it’s called the ‘holidays’ for a reason - make sure you put time aside to relax and rejuvenate, it’s been a long year.
Embrace being single and have fun!
If you’re single, make the most of it and embrace the silly season. With Christmas parties and social functions in abundance, it’s a great chance to get out, expand your social circle and meet new people. If you’re just coming back to the dating scene, don’t focus 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
You may not have a romantic relationship at the moment, but with so many work related functions and activities, it’s a great time to focus on your career. Take 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.
TIPS FOR COUPLES
The busy Christmas period can present many hurdles for those in a relationship. 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 a team and ensure that both parties have their say. Ensure you keep the lines of communication open and try and be fair to each other, and the relationship. Don’t let 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 a day, or a dinner, dedicated to the two of you, just to catch up. Your relationship will be all the better for it and you’ll be making a positive start to the New Year.