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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Health and Fitness, Holidays, News, Self Esteem

Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues

Many gatherings with family and friends filled your time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The holidays – and all of the fun (and stress)  they brought – are now past. Schedules were busy.  It’s now January 2nd. Back to real life! The return to regular life after all of the festivities can sometimes throw you off balance. Here are a few tips to make a smooth transition into the New Year. Find your regular routine The holidays are a time for extra treats – sweets, rich meals, an extra glass of wine or other favorite beverage. Staying up late, sleeping in and other activities that are not part of your usual routine can make it difficult to return to work. The sooner you can get back on track, the better you will feel. Cultivate some new interests Did you learn something new over the holidays? Take some time to explore more about it by reading a book about the subject or perhaps take a class at your local...

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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 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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Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in Anxiety, Depression, Family, Holidays, Stress

Are you Emotionally Prepared for the New Year?

You have made your new resolutions for 2015. You want to eat healthier and strike a work-life balance in the New Year. You also want to lose those pounds you strive to lose every year and set your career goals that you always wanted to do and achieve it. Your list is ready and this time you are determined to adhere to them through to the end of the year and meet all your goals. You are all set. But then like it happens each year, your determination deflates and you are back to where you started as far as your goals for a new you are concerned in the brand new year. So what happened? Is it possible that you are not emotionally prepared for the new goals that you want to meet in the New Year? Isn’t mental preparation enough? If it was easy, you would have been able to stick to your new goals and meet them with ease. Being emotionally-ready for something means you have...

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