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Surviving the Holidays: Tips for Navigating Emotional Rollercoasters


The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a rollercoaster of emotions. While the holidays can bring joy and excitement, they can also bring stress, anxiety, and sadness. The pressure to have perfect family gatherings, buy the perfect gifts, and keep up with the expectations of the season can be overwhelming. But it's important to remember that it's okay to experience a range of emotions during the holidays. In fact, it's completely normal. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips and strategies for navigating the emotional rollercoaster this holiday season.

  1. Allow yourself to feel your emotions: During the holiday season, it's common to feel pressure to be happy and cheerful all the time. But it's important to remember that it's okay to feel sad, anxious, or stressed during this time. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to feel your emotions. Talk to a friend or family member, or even a therapist, if you need support.

  2. Set realistic expectations: One of the biggest sources of holiday stress is feeling the need to meet unrealistic expectations. Be honest with yourself about what you can realistically handle. If you can't afford to buy extravagant gifts or host a big family dinner, try to let go of that pressure. Remember that the holidays are about spending time with loved ones, not about material possessions or appearances.

  3. Practice self-care: It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of the holiday season and forget to take care of yourself. Make sure you're getting enough rest, eating well, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Taking care of yourself can help reduce stress and build resilience during the holidays.

  4. Create new traditions: Sometimes the holidays can be difficult because they bring up memories or emotions from the past. Creating new traditions can help shift the focus away from the past and create new positive memories. You don't have to do things the way they've always been done - try something new with your family or friends, like volunteering or taking a holiday trip.

  5. Focus on gratitude: It's easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of the holidays, but focusing on gratitude can help shift your perspective. Take time each day to reflect on what you're thankful for. This can be as simple as keeping a gratitude journal or taking a few moments each morning to think about the things you're grateful for.

The holiday season can be a challenging time emotionally, but with the right strategies and mindset, it can also be a time of joy and connection. Remember that it's okay to feel a range of emotions during the holidays, and don't be afraid to reach out for support if you need it. Set realistic expectations, practice self-care, create new traditions, and focus on gratitude. By taking care of yourself and staying mindful, you can navigate the emotional rollercoaster of the holidays with resilience and grace.


Northeast Missouri Health Council, Partners for a lifetime of health

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