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Surviving Stress During This Holiday Season
“The holidays, as much as they can be fun, can also be a great source of stress,” says New York Psychologist, Harris Stratyner Ph.D.
Tips For Surviving Stress During This Holiday Season
Be Realistic- don’t expect the holidays to be perfect because you will only be disappointed. Don’t put all of your energy and time focusing on the holidays, putting your life on hold trying to make everybody happy.
Tis the year of downsizing. Instead of vacations people have stay-cations
(staying at home having simple and relaxing times together) rather than spending lots of money adding enormous stress after the vacation.
Overspending leads to being overstressed for a much longer time once the holiday season is passed. It’s okay to tell your children “even Santa has limited money” and cannot get everything we want. Parents can tell their children they will talk to Santa to help him pick the best gift on the wish list.
Know your spending limit, so you do not have to spend the rest of the year stressing to pay off bills. Love and caring can be shown by doing something special for someone without spending a lot of money(i.e.: offer to baby-sit so a friend can have alone time, make a meal for someone who doesn’t cook)
Blended families-Divorce & Separation: Plan ahead, waiting for the last minute to determine how visiting during the holiday time can be a disaster for all and lead to disappointment and arguments. Let children know and take an active part in the plan itself.
It is important to reassure children they are not to blame for a family’s breakup. Concentrate only on important issues and set asides differences with your ex at least during this time. Don’t compete with ex and family about gift giving.
Memories - Holidays stir up memories-both good and bad- and can bring on the blues. It’s okay if you do not feel “jolly”. Don’t punish yourself. Do something different or do nothing at all and relax… creating a new experience.
Before you know it the holiday season will be over. So in the meantime, avoid comparisons to TV sitcoms and what others have, acknowledge not everyone is going to be happy, plan simple activities such as spending special time with loved ones; this will be remembered more than the toy or gadget that is out of style before you got it home. Finally, take time out for yourself and focus on what is really important.
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