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Tips to handle Holiday Stress

The holiday season is supposed to be one of the least stressful times of the year.

You’re surrounded with family and friends, there’s great food to be had, and you receive gifts! What’s wrong with that?!

Tips for Christmas StressBut for a lot of people this time of year isn’t so candy cane red and rosy. There’s deciding on what family to see, maybe you have to plan for hosting a party and cook the food yourself. On top of all that, you still have to go to work and find time to buy gifts for loved ones on a limited budget and a deadline.

It’s stressful. But there are ways you can handle this kind of stress and pressure during the holiday season before lasts far after that.

Ask for Help: You can only do so much. It’s difficult to plan a Christmas or New Year’s party, while still working, worrying about what gifts to buy AND handle all the other activities that happen on a day-to-day basis. There may not seem like there’s enough time in the day to get everything done. Ask for help around the house. A little weight off your shoulders will feel good.

Budget Wisely: So your children want that high tech, expensive gadget they’ll be done using in a month. They can live without it. Stick to a budget and don’t budge. There’s a lot more money that goes into Christmas and New Year’s besides buying gifts. It’s food, alcohol, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, photos ect. It adds up quick. Give yourself a number and don’t go over it. It’ll feel good.

Early Bird Catches the Worm: The most stressful thing about the holidays is the deadline, Dec. 25. Everything has to be purchased, wrapped and under the tree by then. Can you believe people go on Christmas Eve? Their stress level is through the roof. Don’t get caught up in the big, busy lines of last minute shopping and go early. If you have an idea what you’re getting your children in October, get it then. Use the internet as well. You won’t have to waste time driving to store to shop, you can do it from home at your convenience.

Stress happens during these the holiday season, but don’t let it fester. Ask for help, budget, and go early next year. Your holiday season will be much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Myths about counseling

Although the number of people who go to therapy or counseling services are increasing every year, there still remains a stigma about the people who attend therapy and what it is all about. Myths still exist about therapy and those who attend, even though mental health awareness is higher than its ever been.

Maybe you have questions about counseling. Here are some myth about counseling and how they are dispelled.

Counseling is only for major issues – this is not the case. People seek the advice and help from others all the time. People want to know why they are “stuck” or clarify the situation they are in. This doesn’t mean someone is a mental case. Actually, by making the decision to seek a therapist is courageous and can be looked up as an achievement. If the feeling of clarity is what you seek, then counseling can be an answer. 

Your friends can give you the same advice – In some cases your friends provide valuable insight and solutions to your problems, but they may also have biased opinions on what is right for you and them. Also, sometimes when conversing with your friend, it’s a more back and forth conversation — including you listening to their problems. In therapy, the session is devoted to you.

An other important thing to remember, your friends most likely don’t have the training and experience to deal with and offer solutions to very complicated issues.  Therapists are trained to not only diagnose, but treat a plethora of mental health issues.

Seeing a therapist is for rich people – In some cases, insurance can cover the case of some therapy sessions. Each doctor is different though and each will have different fees. Some practices even offer pricing based on income. But no price is too expensive. Is their really a price you can put on your mental health? Or is there a price you can put on your marriage?

It’s unfortunate that myths and stigmas about therapy still exist, but they do. But the more people who are courageous enough to seek answers for their rut, the more and more the myths are dispelled.