Dealing with Holiday Stress
December 8, 2015
Dealing with the stress of the holidays can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. Melissa Flint, Psy.D., Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University, offers some advice for being resilient through the holiday season:
- Learn to identify what your triggers for holiday stress are and work to minimize them.
- Understand relationships are challenging, particularly around the holidays.
- Understand your financial situation, and stick to a budget.
- Be cognizant of the physical demands of the season.
- Monitor your expectations, and be reasonable and flexible.
- Learn to say no.
- Be willing to reach out for professional support if needed.
“People may be surprised by their reaction to the stressors of the holiday season,” says Dr. Flint. “Many of us suffer from the ‘perfect holiday syndrome,’ expecting that which is unrealistic and, honestly, unattainable. The frustration we feel when things don’t go as expected can be overwhelming. It is important to prioritize and be willing to reach out for support when it is needed. Evaluating your priorities this season may help you become more resilient to deal with both the joys and challenges of the season,” she adds.