The holiday season should be merry and bright but for many holiday stress is the major emotion felt. Couples need to balance family loyalties and traditions. Arlington Heights behavioral therapist Katrina Christie offers some tips for managing holiday stress.
The holidays are just around the corner and holiday stress is always there to some degree. For many couples, the joy and festivities can be overshadowed by family pressures or situations that bring on stress. Learning a few strategies for managing holiday stress can be very helpful. Creating a solid plan to deal with difficult situations is the foundation of marriage counseling. here are some thoughts that should be explored.
Holiday Stress – Some things to keep in mind during the holidays:
Build your emotional toolkit. Just as you would get ready for any meal or event by going through a list of preparations, taking stock of your internal resources is a good way to have them ready for the holidays. If you have an area in which you are depleted, such as sleep, exercise and even “me” time, plan to include those among your holiday priorities.
Touch base with your partner. Don’t wait until a situation heats up to connect about family interactions. Strike an agreement ahead of events with your spouse or partner about strategies to deal with holiday stress by supporting each other. Having concrete tactics to deal with anticipated dynamics can help mitigate the stressful impact or even eliminate stressful scenarios.
Acknowledge rather than avoid how you feel. If the holidays aren’t joy-filled for you or your partner for whatever reason, be honest about how you feel. Holiday stress is way more common than you might realize. Give yourself and your partner permission to express sadness, anger and grief. This can be especially helpful after the loss of a loved one or when you can’t be with loved ones to celebrate.
Everyone can benefit from professional help, don’t hesitate to seek it out. When anxiety, sadness and sleeplessness persist before, during and after the holiday season, get in touch with a certified behavioral therapist or counselor who can work with you to improve your state of mind and overall psychological health.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove, Buffalo Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights behavioral therapist Katrina Christie, MEd, LCPC, is rated one of the best counselors in the Northwest suburbs. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.Leave a reply →