If your holidays are anything like mine, they can be both wonderful and stressful, all at the same time. I recently sat down for an on-camera interview on how we can minimize the pressure felt over the holidays by choosing to simplify, simplify, simplify.
After all, if we are feeling stressed and anxious, how can we enjoy the company of family and friends, one of the primary joys of the holidays?
We aren’t alone in our stress. Caron recently undertook a survey with Harris Poll, which found that nearly 1 in 3 adults (30%) say the holiday season triggers mental health challenges, such as feelings of anxiety, depression, or isolation. More than 2 in 5 (44%) say they strive for perfection during the holidays and 1 in 3 adults (32%) say their high expectations are usually met with disappointment.
To combat this, during my interview, I suggested concentrating on a few meaningful activities: Going for a family walk, playing games, or even baking cookies. It doesn’t take much to create a lasting memory. I invite you to watch the full interview below.
Tina George on How to Minimize Holiday Pressure
By Erin Goodhart, LPC, CAADC, CMAT, CSAT, ACRPS, CCS, CPT Provider
By Maggie Tipton, Psy.D.