The holidays can be a great time for some, but a particularly difficult time for others. Family can be a source of support or aggravation, or the lack of it can be lonely. Maybe you feel pressured to spend more money on gifts than you can afford. Some things to consider for your holiday stresses:
- What would happen if you did not attend your family gathering?
- What would happen if you ignore that annoying family member?
- What would happen if you stood up for yourself?
- Family doesn’t have to be defined by blood
- Are you actually defined by what they think?
Perfection is an impossible standard to live by. Pleasing everyone is simply not going to happen.
If you feel lonely during the holidays, consider joining a community event. Go to church, volunteer to help others, go for a walk to get out of the house, make a phone call to that person that you feel guilty not talking to for a long time.
If your family overwhelms you, take a deep breath. You can do this.
If these suggestions aren’t enough or you don’t know how to get started, reach out to Sound Health Counseling Solutions for an open and welcoming place where your voice will be heard.