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Are the upcoming holidays stressing you out? Here are some tips to prepare you for the holiday hustle.

By: Lezlie Brezin, LCSW

Are the holidays stressing you out?!

  • My in laws are coming into town, I haven’t seen them in 3 years!
  • My kids are coming home for four weeks from college over break and have no job.
  • This is the first holiday I will not be spending with my father who passed last year.
  • Funds are low. I am afraid I am unable to buy my family the gifts they want.
  • I just don’t have time to get everything done!
  • My adult children and grandchildren are busy with their own lives and we will be alone.

These are just a few of the many complaints I hear from clients throughout the holiday season.
The holiday season is a joyous time, filled with bright lights, hearty meals and lots of gifts. It is
meant for reconnecting with loved ones and spending quality time together.

Unfortunately for all ages, stress can creep up on us during and in anticipation of the holiday
season.

Here are a few tips to mentally prepare yourself for stressful situations during the holiday time:

1. Plan ahead

Whether it is making your holiday menu, cleaning out the bedroom for your guests, or
making your gift list. Set a specific schedule and make lists to effectively organize your time.

2. Self – Awareness/ Acknowledge your emotions

Know yourself and your vulnerabilities. If you struggle with disorganization, anxiety, loss or
overwhelming feelings, take a breather. Decide what you feel you can and cannot do. Take
time to feel your emotions rather than forcing yourself to be happy just because it is the holiday
season.

3. Set limits and learn how to say no

Holidays can be overcrowding both physically and emotionally. Demands from family
members and friends can often feel burdensome. Be strong in your convictions and say no.
Take that added pressure off of yourself.

4.Patience and Acceptance

Whether it is politics, education, employment, business, relationships, set aside your
differences. Accept that family and friends you love may be vocal about their beliefs and views.
Anticipate possible conversations that may cause discomfort or frustration. Take a step back,
remove yourself from situation if needed and/or make a concerted effort to be patient and calm
in moving forward.

Hoping these suggestions are helpful in providing more comfort, peace and happiness
throughout the holiday season. If you feel that you need extra support, please give us a call today.

Written by Lezlie Brezin

From Lezlie's bio...

Lezlie has always believed that “it is not what you achieve but what you overcome.” She believes that in this ever changing world we live in, individuals may be overwhelmed with stress, anxiety and depression due to a number of issues and circumstances. Her approach is to help her clients navigate through their challenges while providing a solution focused approach to help them gain the knowledge and skills to make positive changes in their lives. She helps her clients to become more self aware, to establish goals and empower themselves both as individuals as well as within their relationships.

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