Dear readers,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sending me your problems and dilemmas over the recent weeks since I began my Agony Aunt Column. I take time to read each and every one of them and feel privileged that you have trusted me with your most intimate concerns.

Over the past few weeks, I have received numerous emails relating to Christmas, highlighting that this time of year, for various reasons, can be a very stressful time. Many of us are extremely busy, and once all the shopping for gifts and food has been completed, the cards written, the house decorated, and presents wrapped, we can all be left feeling completely exhausted.

While Christmas inevitably is about compromise, finding time to visit numerous friends and relatives, having to entertain at home, it is also a time when many are facing loneliness... All of this can place an emotional strain on us.

My recommendation to you, would be that you all find some quality for yourselves away from the hustle and bustle the festive season brings. Relaxation is most important for our wellbeing, more so at this time of year.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and sincerely hope that Christmas magic finds each and every one of you.

I look forward to being here for you next year throughout 2014 whenever you may need me.

Patricia Marie

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