Stress & the Holidays
The NOT so wonderful part of the holidays...
5 TIPS to help navigate the stress of the holidays:
For so many people, the holidays are a difficult time and it’s important to know you’re not alone. For those grieving a loss, the holidays can mean change and isolation. For those struggling with anxiety, the holidays add demands and changes in routine. It’s important to take care of yourself during this time of year, and this will look different for everyone.
The therapists at Favored Wellness Counseling & Consulting, LLC are here to help you. Reach out to schedule with our experienced staff and in the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started:
Feel your feelings. All feelings are valid, including the difficult ones. The holidays don’t have to be the happiest time of year, and sometimes letting go of that pressure can help.
Give yourself permission to rest. It’s okay to skip out on a party or a family function to take care of yourself, or to not make the festivities as extravagant as last year.
Set boundaries. It’s okay to say no, whether that’s to an event or to a conversation or to someone’s request.
Take care of your body, too. We all hold stress in our bodies, so it’s important to nurture your body to ultimately take care of your mind. Schedule a massage or go to a yoga class, eat foods that help you feel good, and engage in activities you enjoy.
Seek support. Call a friend, join a group, or reach out to a therapist. It’s common to struggle during this time of year, and help exists. Call or text 988 for suicide or crisis help.
By Erin LaRue, LPC