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Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Counseling, Holidays, News, Stress, Therapy

Finding Peace Amid Holiday Stress

As the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays quickly approach, it can be easy to get swept up in the hustle, bustle and whirlwind of work parties, family gatherings, bursting budgets and a seemingly endless to-do list. With radio stations playing Christmas carols for over three weeks, you may not be feeling jolly or peaceful. How can you even think of a “silent night” when you are trying to work, clean your house, buy presents (and wrap them, too?), bake cookies and prepare meals for all of those holiday festivities? It becomes easy to lose your joy – and every sense of peace – during the many celebrations. Suggestions to find peace Here are a few suggestions for taking a moment – for finding peace amid the holiday stress – to take care of yourself: Take a few minutes to quiet your mind – close your eyes or look at a soothing image, take a few deep breaths. There are many guided meditations available online for free. If you...

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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 Dec 23, 2014 in Depression, Family, Holidays, Parenting, Stress

5 Steps to Avoid Holiday Blues During Christmas

Christmas holidays are the best time of the year when you can enjoy good food and share gifts with family. With age our memories grow and we sit back during Christmas with family and friends to relive those happy and sad memories. But despite our best intentions sometimes things turn out different when relatives pick up fights due to their children or old resentments and then everyone is left with anger and disappointment. Below are a few simple precautions you can take to avoid holiday blues. Invite people who get along Who wants to go to a party with people you would avoid on the road? When you know certain people do not get along with each other do not invite them at the same time. Be ready for complaints and bickering No family is perfect and if you are planning on inviting your extended family home during Christmas, be prepared for complaints about messy habits, noisy children, dirty bathrooms and broken toys. Getting upset will not solve the...

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Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Anger, Family, Holidays, Stress

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly: Surviving the Holidays with Family

The holiday season is within tinkling distance. Turkeys, stockings, trees, ornaments, lights and then the parties. Before you get a chance to catch your breath, its New Year’s Eve and all the hosting and entertaining must begin again. Surviving the holidays can feel like returning from battle for many a weary soul. How can you hope to get through it in one piece – and dare you say – happy? It all comes down to a few smart tricks to managing your family and friends. Family – you love them, but let’s face it, too much of a good thing can be just as bad. Split the responsibilities If you’re part of a large family, the holidays can be a mammoth exercise in logistics. Rooms, meals and presents can turn into the stuff of nightmares. Be sure to divide up the work so no one takes on too much. Get relatives to take in a few out of town relatives each. Split up hosting meals. Get professionals to help...

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