Surviving the Holidays

surviving-holidaysThe holidays are approaching. Although they can be a time for joy, the holidays can also bring additional stressors with increased financial, job and family responsibilities, that adds to an overall sense of anxiousness and overwhelmingness. The holidays can also bring about a time of sadness, due to the memories of times gone by with family members and significant others whom we no longer have with us.

Take Care of Yourself to Better Help Others
It is important that when we develop chronic feelings of anxiousness, sadness, anger, frustration, and loneliness, that we take care of ourselves, so that we can be at our very best for ourselves and for others. For parents, there is no greater responsibility than being a positive role model for our children, while creating good and lasting memories. For others, it is in being present to each other through a shared sense of meaning in the spirit of peace and joy.

Tips to Manage Holiday Stress
Some of the things we can do may be in finding time for a walk, exercise, time for a massage, a pedicure, or taking the time for a fun-filled weekend with our spouse or family such as a play, musical, concert, dinner, or weekend get-away. Taking time daily for possible meditation and prayer during the week can also be a source of renewal. Getting some therapy may also help in addressing and developing possible strategies and solutions to difficult situations and people while increasing our ability to be peaceful and present for others.

The Danger In Doing Nothing
When we don’t take time for renewal and find time for fun, we can easily become chronically stressed, which can manifest in chronic feelings of anger, contempt, and detachment. Caring for ourselves gives us the opportunity to recharge and heal, so that we are able to bring greater peace and joy to others. To be at our best, so that we can truly appreciate all the blessings God has blessed us with and to be open to receive all the graces God wishes to bless us with this holiday season.

Journey, LLC provides counseling for surviving the holidays, as well as individual adult and couples therapy in South County, the local South Kingstown, RI and surrounding area.