Wellness Wednesday: Dealing with Holiday Stress

 

Many of us just celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends. While this is a joyous time for many people, this can also be a hard time for others. Holidays can bring stress, anxiety and unresolved feelings, as well as worry in general.

 

Fortunately, Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, offers us some reminders that we can tell ourselves when we’re struggling, so that you don’t feel so alone.

 

Every family has issues and nobody is exempt. 

Additionally, no family is exactly as they appear on social media. We often find ourselves getting drawn into comparisons on social media with the happy families that we see, and may even feel like failures. Don’t fall into this trap.

 

You can spend the holidays as you like. 

If there’s a family situation that is toxic, or if you’re dreading a stressful family event, you are not obligated to attend. You are allowed to spend the holidays doing the things that you want to do, and being around the people that you want to be with.

 

Life will return to normal soon. 

It’s important to remember that the holidays are only one day a year on the calendar. Once that day is over, we get to go back to the life that we lived before the holidays.

 

Be compassionate. 

It’s been a very hard couple years. Everyone has experienced loss and stress, and no one deserves to be belittled or deemed unworthy, regardless of their situation. Because things have been hard for everyone, it’s important to enter the holiday season with compassion for yourself and others, and surround yourself with people who feel the same.

 

 

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