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The holiday season is often an exciting and much anticipated time of year. This season—for all its fun and festivities—often comes with long lines, burdensome traffic, inclement weather and various pressures leaving you to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. For many of us the holidays are nerve-wracking. Some attribute the stress to having to spend time with family, travel and excessive spending. But, in reality, the holidays are difficult because our self-talk, that never-ending commentary going on in our heads that manages to rob us of joy and happiness.
Below are three habits you can practice before, during and after family gatherings that will help with the process. Remember, it's not that people and situations make us feel bad, it's our self-talk about people and situations that cause our negative emotions.
Kayleigh Georgia Parent, L.C.S.W, Individual and Relational Psychotherapy, at NorthShore provides the following strategies to help make the holidays truly merry:
Do you get stressed out during the holidays? What do you do to reduce it?