Ah, the holiday season, a time of joy, sharing special time with friends and family, remembering past holidays and creating new memories! For some however, the biggest source of holiday stress is family — the family dinner, the obligations, and the burden of family tradition and the setting of unrealistic expectations.
When the reality of day-to-day life conflicts with our own image of creating the perfect holiday, stress results!
If you find yourself overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and ask yourself- do you really have to? Your own expectations may be the very things that bring on your holiday stress. The Cleveland Clinic suggests creating a stress prevention list to help.
While holiday stress may be seasonal, depression can be year-round. If your holiday anxiety seems severe or is interfering with your job or home life, talk to your doctor or to a counselor. Zeiders’ behavioral health providers, educators, and counselors are honored to help military members and their families deal more effectively with stress through educational services and counseling for personal stress and operational stress.