As the holidays arise we feel numerous different emotions in Westchester NY. Happiness, sadness, stress and perhaps even overwhelmed.
When it's that time of year you may feel a sense of hope, rebirth, positivity and warmth. However, this can also involve feelings of stress due to all the tasks that revolve around holiday time. Whether it be family stress, shopping, missing loved ones that have moved on; it's true the holidays can bring about stress. So how do we deal with stress around the holidays in NY?
First, healthy coping skills are essential for dealing with holiday stress. Acknowledge your feelings and validate them. Than, practice your healthy coping skills and good self care. Practice compassion for yourself and for others. Take it slow and remember to breathe.
Create a plan for a budget, if financial stress is a component around the holidays. Plan a head and don't over spend, remember the holidays is about love, family and friends, not about the gifts.
Reach out to friends and family when feeling lonely. Some individuals may feel a sense of loss during the holidays and it's important to reach out and talk about your emotions. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people and talk about the way you feel.
Family stress is another possible stressor around the holidays. Could it be your in laws? Or your parents? Remember don't take on there emotions, validate your own and separation is key. Practice mindful meditation and focus on the here and now.
Practice positive self talk and reassuring self talk to boost positivity and eliminate negative thoughts.
If the holiday stress is missing a loved one whom has passed on, focus on the beauty and the memories that you have with that person. Remember our memories are sacred and always our personal recollections of loved ones. Talk about the person, and relate these feelings to your support systems to help validate the way you feel.
Professional help may be needed, Psychotherapy and counseling can be extremely helpful. If so reach out to a local therapist to seek help, remember we are here help and want to be apart of your journey to wellness.
Through the hustle of the holidays, be true to the meaning of the holidays, spending time with love ones, feeling grateful and surrounding yourself with positivity.