Welcome back empowered readers,
The holidays can be an exciting time for celebrating with friends and family. There can also be pressure to be seen a certain way. This pressure can feel overwhelming if you are dealing with stress, mental health, feelings of isolation, dealing with the loss of a loved one or struggling with emotional difficulties. To top it all off, pressures of financial strain can also bring added anxiety and stress to a time when we are to be enjoying our loved ones.
Here are 5 suggestions for ways of dealing with the holidays:
Financial strain and stress is a common holiday trigger and exceptionally so during the current economic environment. Buying presents, food and travelling are common spending needed during the festive season and it may be easy to overextend yourself.
2. Set Realistic Expectations
Expectations that society (and ultimately ourselves) place on the holiday season can add pressure to already strained relationships. Being realistic about what you can expect from spending time together with your loved ones during the holiday season will help avoid disappointments and arguments.
Like everyone’s family that I have met, not everyone gets along. Sometimes personality’s conflict and tensions are high. Those who are closest to us know how to push our buttons and our boundaries. This can result in feeling obligated to do the things that you do not want to do.
The holidays can be a reminder of the loss of a loved one.
5. Loneliness & Isolation
Loneliness and isolation can be a concern for many people during the holidays.
If you are struggling with mental health during the holiday season there is support. My services are covered under health insurance and I offer sliding scale rates for those within financial limitations, are students or are on fixed income. Reach out today and start the conversation.
To your empowered wellness,