There’s a lot of emphasis on family during the holidays. This is wonderful if you have lots of family and everyone gets along well. If your family is wrought by dysfunction, or you’ve experienced illness, injury, or loss of any kind, the holidays can create stress, lead to depression, and exacerbate mental health issues.
If this is a difficult time of year for you and you’re dreading the holidays, there are ways you can minimize stress, sidestep anxiety and depression, create balance, and find joy.
Be honest about your feelings. While it might seem appropriate to minimize or hide your pain during the holidays, there is nothing noble about suffering in silence. At the same time, you don’t have to broadcast your distress to any and everyone who will listen. Being honest with a few select people who care about and respect you can pave the way for you to work through your...
One of the most common and fastest ways people become overwhelmed during the holidays is by overspending. Being financially unprepared for the holiday season leads to bad habits and poor choices that can have serious repercussions at the beginning of the new year.
Holiday spending involves more than buying gifts. It’s usually a lot of small things that quickly add up: holiday décor, groceries, extra events and activities, donations, and of course, gifts. Overspending creates debt and causes unnecessary stress. You don’t have to overspend or go into debt to make the holidays special. Follow these do’s and don’ts to help maintain your financial health during the holidays.
DO create a holiday budget before the holidays. Each year is different in terms of the amount of money you have available to spend. Some years your financial resources are plentiful, and some years they are lean. Create a budget before the...
The holiday season originated in the mid-20th century with a blending of religious holidays, cultural traditions and commercialism surrounding a series of events, activities, experiences, and expenses. From Thanksgiving dinners to Christmas pageants, department store Santas, and much more, expressing the holiday spirit and participating in myriad events became common.
Commercializing the holidays may have boosted the economy, but it also pressured families to expect more, do more, spend more, and experience more. In most people’s mind, this time of year should be filled with fun, wonderment, and awe, but is often wrought with stress, worry, and anxiety. Time that’s supposed to be centered on the magic of the season, family gatherings, and creating special memories is instead characterized by dysfunction and...