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  • Sarah Rossmiller LPC

Coping with Holiday Challenges: Finding Inner Peace

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

'Tis the season, but let's keep it real – the holidays aren't all sugar and spice for everyone. For many, this time of year is more about stress than joy. The holiday season can bring about a wild ride of emotions, and it's key to acknowledge and address them in a way that suits your individual needs.


Why the Holidays Can Be a Grind...


Loneliness Hits Different

For those kicking it far from family and friends, the holidays can crank up the loneliness dial. Missing those familiar faces makes this season a daunting and emotionally challenging time.


Grief & Loss Bringing the Feels

If you've lost a loved one, the holidays can be a painful reminder of their absence. . Coping with the grief while navigating the festivities is a heavy emotional load.


Cash Struggles, No Jingle Bells

The pressure to buy gifts, host gatherings, or travel to be with loved ones can lead to financial stress. Overspending during the holiday hustle can dial up the anxiety and stress levels.


Mental Health Battles

Dealing with depression or other mental health struggles can make the holidays feel like a marathon. The pressure to be constantly cheerful and sociable can make things even more real. It's like a solo mission in a crowd. The season's demands can lead to feelings of isolation and overwhelm.


Family Drama, Extra Drama

Family beef adds another layer to the holiday mix. While it's supposed to be all love and unity, sometimes it turns into a scene from a reality show. Unresolved drama, differences in opinions, and long-standing toxic family dynamics can be on a whole other level. The expectation for familial harmony during this time can intensify feelings of isolation for those grappling with family-related challenges.


How to Handle the Holiday Hustle...


Create Your Own Traditions

If the holiday stress is too much, it's totally cool to switch it up. Make your own traditions or opt out of the usual celebrations. The holidays should be about finding your peace, doing what feels right for you. Your peace can bring others peace!


Seek Support

Don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family, a therapist, or support groups if you're struggling during the holidays. Talking to someone who gets it can bring comfort and reassurance.


Keep it Real, Set Realistic Expectations

Be kind to yourself and keep it real. You don't need to live up to everyone else's holiday standards. Focus on what's real and meaningful to you.


Self-Care, Because You Deserve It

Take that time for self-care – whether it's meditation, hitting the gym, or vibing with your favorite book or movie. Make self-care the main event.


Survive Family Gatherings Like a Boss

Before family gatherings, lay down some ground rules with open communication. If topics get spicy, swerve away. Remember, you control your responses, not their actions. If things heat up, don't hesitate to take a break and regroup so it doesn't escalate more.


Spread the Love – Volunteer or Give Back

Sometimes giving back brings those good vibes, a sense of fullfilment. Volunteering or supporting a cause can flip the script from personal stress to making a positive impact.

 

So, as we roll into the holidays, recognize that it's okay if this season hits different for you. Your emotional health is top priority. Whether you're skipping the festivities or doing it your way, honor your feelings and well-being.

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