As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to spending time with family and friends. However, the holiday season can also bring, “A range of emotions such as stress, anxiety and depression” (Ferguson, 2014, paragraph 1). As I researched this topic for ways to destress during the holiday season, I found that some helpful strategies and suggestions. This information made me examine how I wanted to celebrate the holiday season with my family and most importantly what the holiday season truly represented my family and me.
Suggestions to Help Alleviate Holiday Stress
Reflect on what is important to you and your family. How do you and your family want to spend the holiday season?
Set realistic goals for the holiday season; not everything has to be perfect.
Plan ahead, what you would like to do over the holiday season and try not leaving everything to the last minute.
Do your best to try not to over commit.
Try your best to maintain daily routines, if possible, throughout the holiday season.
Try to keep up with self-care routines as much as possible.
Communicate how other members of your family can help you with things as shopping, meal preparations and so on.
I have found throughout my life experiences that sometimes it is best to avoid the stressor all together—even if that happens to be a family member. I have also learned that you do not have to attend every holiday celebration you are invited to. It is okay to say, “No” and respectfully decline the invitation. Placing importance on your wellbeing and your family’s wellbeing is important. Recognizing and understanding that everyone has different traditions and practices during the holiday season should be respected. Remember not everything has to be perfect and if things go wrong try not to fixate, instead embrace all the great experiences you are creating with your family. Happy Holidays!
Ferguson, D. (2014, December 15). Coping with Holiday Stress. CAMH. https://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/coping-with-holiday-stress
Romanowski, J. (2016, December 9). 6 Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Behavior in Check During the Holidays. Today’s Parent. St Joseph’s Communications.
Secker, A. (2021, December 13). Avoid the Holiday Blues. Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna. https://cmhakelowna.com/aaryn-secker-covid19-anxiety/