What is it about the holiday season that leaves so many people stressed and anxious? Is it the extra social commitments? The financial burden of gift-giving? For many people, it is the prospect of spending time with extended family and all the history that holds. While some of us have wonderful memories of childhood holidays, many others have painful memories of sibling squabbles and rivalry, parental expectations kicked into high gear, and cringe-worthy conflict. For others, the challenge of melding two disparate sets of family traditions can feel like an emotional mind-field.
Some thoughtful planning can make a world of difference on how you and your family experience this holiday season.
- Recognize your own triggers about the holiday season. Are your memories of the holiday season positive or negative? What are you holding on to that may be getting in the way of relaxing and enjoying the time off?