Tips for the typical holiday stress generally include the following:
· Seek social support through friends or volunteer work if you
feel lonely or isolated.
· Accept and acknowledge your feelings, especially if you
have recently suffered a loss.
· Adjust your expectations and be realistic.
· Practice letting go of grievances and empathizing with your
loved ones’ stresses.
· Create a budget and plan shopping strategies.
· Understand your limits and set boundaries.
· Give yourself a break from time to time.
· Maintain healthy habits to the best of your ability.
· Be aware and ready for emotional flare-ups.
As the holidays often shake up seemingly resolved emotional issues, the remainder of the blog will focus on the final bullet. People often meet the holidays with excitement, especially after experiencing some personal growth. Often times, however, the excitement turns to disappointment when they find themselves engaging in the same patterns they thought they had changed.
· Work toward accepting the high probability that the “holiday
shake-up” will occur.
· Work toward accepting that maintaining and exhibiting change
in the presence of family can be painfully slow-going.
· Continue using the approaches that contributed to your
personal growth in the first place.
· Practice setting boundaries and effective communication with
· Practice understanding that each family member has a position
in the system as well.
Unfortunately, the current blog entry did not publish until after Thanksgiving. Perhaps the above suggestions may help you take it easy on yourself if you happened to succumb to the holiday shake-up. This blog entry may also help you determine ways to manage upcoming family functions this holiday season and in ones to come. After all, more holidays are on the way!