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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 6, 2016 in Holidays, Stress

‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly?

With Thanksgiving Day a distant memory, the Christmas season is fully upon us. How can we cope during “the most wonderful time of the year”? The key may be to take the time to do some planning! Read on for a few suggestions! Make a list, check it twice! A bit of time spent planning will bring organization to the holiday season. Make a list of events and tasks to do – either on paper or electronically. Set reminders for yourself on your electronic calendar. Easy does it on the wallet The pressure to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list does not have to make you lose sleep. Take the time to plan a budget for shopping; take the list with when shopping – and keep it next to your computer for online shopping. Suggest that family and friends do a grab bag. Consider giving the gift of time, rather than an item you may not be able to afford. Ditch the stress Choose carefully which...

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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 25, 2015 in Anxiety, Holidays, News, Stress

Women and Holiday Stress

For many women, the approaching holiday season can be a cause of stress rather than fun and excitement. For working mothers, the holidays can be even more stressful than for most people. There are several reasons that can be attributed to increased holiday stress for women. Women are conditioned to do more The ‘ideal woman’ image is doing more harm to women than helping them. Most women end up doing the bulk of the household chores even in this day and age. This is true for working women as well as stay-at-home moms. Women also tend to refuse help from their partners due to this conditioned habit, which ultimately becomes a cause of stress. Combine this with the frantic pace of the holiday season and you get the perfect recipe for holiday stress. Counter measures Accept help when offered. You are not going to be less of a mother or a bad wife if you let your family help you. If you get no offers to help, delegate work...

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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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