What Are Some Positive Steps I Can Take To Handle The Stress Of The Holidays?

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The busyness and social pressures of the holiday season are stressful for everyone on some level. For those who are already struggling with emotional or relational issues, that stress can be overwhelming. 

Today I’m going to share some positive steps you can take to help yourself handle that stress. Besides the pressures that come with this time of year, there is also a lot to enjoy. Let’s start alleviating some of the stress so you can celebrate the holidays in a joyful and impactful way.

What Are Some Constructive Suggestions That Will Help Me Manage The Pressures Of The Holiday Season?

Here are a few constructive suggestions to help you navigate the pressures of the holiday season:

  • As families change and grow, traditions and rituals change as well. Choose a few traditions to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your loved ones can’t come to your home this year, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails, or videos. Even though your holiday plans may look different yearly, other ways exist to celebrate. The holidays don’t have to be perfect!
  • Accept family members and friends just as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your expectations. Be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re also feeling the effects of holiday stress.
  • Before you do your gift and food shopping, set a budget and be clear on how much you can afford to spend – and stick to your budget! Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts; that’s not what the holidays are truly all about.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. 
  • Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to overindulge; it will only add to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

  • Have a healthy snack before holiday meals, so you don’t load up on sweets or drinks.
  • Eat healthy meals.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Include regular physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Avoid excessive tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.

How Can John Nichols Psychotherapy Help Me Manage Holiday-Related Stress And Depression?

I’m here to support you and provide a safe space at John Nicols Psychotherapy if you need professional help managing stress and depression related to the holiday season. With me: 

  • You can feel safe sharing your story
  • You discover strategies for growth
  • You learn to live successfully and happily on your own

I offer individual, couples, and teen therapy at John Nichols Psychotherapy. Please find out more about me and my practice here. Book a consultation today! 

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