Now that we creep closer to the festive feast, I know the anticipation is building. For some, however, this anticipation may translate into growing anxiety. While the holidays can certainly be stressful enough to make anyone want to go into hibernation, here are a few tips on how to avoid doing so.
- Get perspective. This is a holiday to celebrate survival. The pilgrims and the Indians came together to give thanks that they made it through another bitter winter and that they had enough food. So yes, the focus is the food, and we have taken it to the extreme, but the real thanks is about how people, families and even members of different cultures/races work together to survive and thrive. This is a holiday that recognizes the importance of the family and the role that our grandparents and their grandparents played in our family history. Families are important, no matter how annoying they are.
- Don’t isolate! Spend time with family and friends. If it isn’t possible to physically be with your loved ones, have a phone conversation or use Skype! Isolating yourself won’t make you feel better, in many situations it may even make you feel worse.
- Comfort to feel comfort. You are not alone in your holiday anxiety, the person sitting right next to you is feeling it too. The best way to comfort yourself is to comfort someone else. Think of yourself as the helper and not the helpless, the therapist and not the patient.
- Be in the moment! Enjoy the time with your loved ones, have great conversations, laugh, make memories! Leave your self-consciousness at the door. It will be there waiting for you when the gathering is over. Hang out with some little kids. They really know how to live in the moment. Or if you are into a blast from the past, hang out with some old people like me. We love to tell stories and we are pretty good at it.
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