Category: Holiday Stress

How to survive dysfunctional family gatherings

3 Ways to Take Care of Yourself at Dysfunctional Family Gatherings

How do you feel about the holiday season? Many of us have emerged from dysfunctional, chemically altered, abusive, negligent or toxic family relationships. Merely the thought of facing these people again can set off a firestorm of triggers. You may feel guilty about avoiding family during holidays. You may dreadRead More

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When You Want to Make Family Time Special

  Don’t pin your happiness on expecting any day or occasion to be special the way you planned. The day the turkey caught on fire will always bring back a unique memory of the day! Do create rituals or carry on meaningful ones, which anchor our lives in the rhythm ofRead More

comforting holiday sadness

Comforting Holiday Sadness

When the Holidays Bring up Sadness or LossesRead More

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Holiday Stress Management Tips When There Aren’t Enough Hours In the Day

Don’t short yourself on downtime, so that you are grumpy and can’t enjoy the season. Do find ways to catch up on rest, get your downtime, and help yourself relax. Holiday travel and changes in our daily routine can disrupt important things we do to rest our minds, restore ourRead More

holiday connections

Holiday Cards and Connections: When You Want to Renew Old Ties

Don’t broadly send holiday cards and hope for the best. Do give the gift of time and connection. Consider calling people you haven’t been in touch with lately. People have a wide range of feelings about exchanging holiday cards and annual news letters. One couple explains they welcome getting holiday cardsRead More

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Holiday Spending: Talking with Your Partner about Money

#7. When You’re Really Tempted to Splurge From: 11 Holiday Stresses, and What to Do Instead. Don’t spend more than you can afford. Do talk with each other about what giving gifts means, and about the budget, before shopping. If we want to really make a holiday special, our big plansRead More