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Posted on Dec 19, 2016 in Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Social Anxiety, Stress

3 Ways to Relieve Holiday Anxiety

Why are the holidays, especially the Christmas season, loaded with stress? Doesn’t it seem that the hustle and bustle of the shopping season, scrambling to find that perfect gift, cause more people to be anxious? Can you find natural remedies for anxiety that really work during this time? This article will outline three problems of the holidays and natural ways that you can handle the symptoms of stress and reduce anxiety so that your holiday season will be peaceful and enjoyable. That being said, if you have a serious medical condition that requires prescribed medicine, make sure to follow your doctor’s orders. Three Reasons Anxiety Surfaces During the Holiday Season 1. High Expectations of “The Perfect Gift” Let’s face it. When Christmas becomes commercial, it is easy to base your self-worth on the opinions of what others think. You can do that in two ways – the gifts that you expect from others and the gifts that others expect from you. Both of those expectations cause stress and anxiety...

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Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Anger, Depression, Holidays, News, Stress, Therapy

Five Tips for Dealing With Family Conflicts During the Holidays

In an ideal world, holidays are a time of unadulterated love and joy where close-knit families come together to spend quality time with one another. Unfortunately, this is not that world. Here things are far from ideal. Families quarrel, relationships break, and people get hurt all the time. And the holidays are no exception. Problem is, the hurt, the disappointment, the anger, the frustration, and the heartache magnify when there is a family conflict during the holidays. It could be a fight between spouses, a conflict between two or more generations in the family (you and your in-laws, or you and the children), quarreling between adult siblings who don’t get along anymore, and it could be so much more. It could be a new family conflict in the holidays. It could be long-standing family disagreements which will come afresh in the holidays. Or it could simply be years of growing apart within the family such that spending the holidays together feels ‘forced’ to you or to them. The bad...

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Posted on Dec 2, 2015 in Death, Depression, Grief, Holidays, Loss, News, Therapy

Holiday Grief vs. Celebration

There are hundreds of reasons to feel stressed during the holiday season. But holiday grief can open up wounds that have barely healed and then you are left tending to them all over again. Be it the holidays or any kind of celebration after the loss of someone, for some the first year is more challenging and for others each year the holiday season can bring with it grief wrapped up in a new package. How can you survive the holiday season while you are still grieving the loss of a loved one? Partaking in celebrations with the same happy feel might not be easy. The holidays might never be the same again for you but you can certainly do things to make the time easier for you and maybe for your family as well. Take your time through the grieving process Grief is a personal thing. Only you know what you feel. Take time to feel your emotions and do not hurry through them just because its Christmas...

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Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Counseling, Depression, Family, Holidays, News, Relationships

You Can Celebrate Holidays Even When You are Financially Stressed

If you feel like you must wait to celebrate the holiday season you are financially sound, you may be waiting for a long time. It is not difficult to see many think that celebrating holidays is all about spending money when so many commercials and advertisements entice people to spend money. If you look at it in a realistic way, it is not all about giving purchased gifts, or buying things simply so a family member or friend will have a package to open. It is about spending quality time with your family and friends. You might have heard it a million times, but the question is have you actually tried it? If you have not, then try it this holiday season. That, and a little planning could actually make your holiday season a happy one. Full disclosure If you are financially stressed, then be open about it; tell your family about the financial problems you are going through. There is no point in hiding it from them. If...

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Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Family, Holidays, News, Relationships, Stress

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

Holidays can get tiring because of the demands that come with them. What is meant to be a time away from stress and tension may end up involving the same yet again. With a few resolutions and precautions, it is possible to ensure stress-free holidays by keeping all your worries at bay. Understand your people The key to be free from conflicts during happy occasions is not to be over sentimental. Purposely or not, your family members may behave in a way that might hurt you. Being tolerant of such niggling details will let you enjoy the festive time with your loved ones. Learn to let go of expectations and compulsive attitudes and be forgiving instead. Try not to be fussy about people making fun of you, the traditions or celebrations. Learn to laugh with them or to simply counter them with a better joke. Plan ahead of holidays Holidays can mean a lot of work. So, planning is a must. Refer to the calendar and mark the days...

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Posted on Nov 9, 2015 in Depression, Grief, Holidays, News, Stress

Help for the Holidays

Now that it is over a week into November, the holidays are quickly approaching. With a little planning, and maybe a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, you can not only get through but also enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Helpful Articles Agor Behavioral Health Services has several articles for this time of year that many have found helpful. They include: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly: Surviving the Holidays with Family – How can you hope to get through the season in one piece – and dare you say – happy? It all comes down to a few smart tricks to managing your family and friends. Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress Triggers – With major celebrations are just round the corner, use the handy tips in this article to avoid holiday stress triggers and have some fun this year. Are You Emotionally Prepared for the Holidays? – Are you a bundle of nerves and can’t wait for the holiday season to be done? Learn how to be emotionally ready for the...

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