This blog shares information on coping during the holidays. The holiday season can bring up a lot of difficult or different emotions in us. It could be that there is trauma from past events, issues in relationships, or loneliness. There are many different reasons why the holidays may be triggering.
Maybe going to family events is distressing. Certain family members may disagree with your point of views, making it an uncomfortable experience. You don’t want to get into any stressful conversations, and just want to focus on the holiday. Or, other family members may have disagreements, which can bleed into everyone’s overall wellbeing.
Whatever it may be, New Leaf Marriage & Family Therapy can help guide you through it. This blog will go through 3 sections for coping during the holidays. This includes: 1) Allow space for all kinds of emotions. 2) Maintain a healthy routine. 3) Stay connected with others.
Coping During the Holidays: Allow space for all kinds of emotions
Many different types of emotions can come up for you during this time. This includes feeling grief, sadness, loneliness, yearning, and more. From reflecting on past memories from the holidays, you may feel happy momentarily. But then, you wish things were different.
Providing yourself with support is crucial during this time. Allow yourself to reflect and sit with all of the feelings that may come up for you. Alongside that, reassure yourself and talk to yourself as you would to a close friend. Consider doing inner-child work during this time as well.
You may even consider seeking out therapy services to cope during this period. A therapist will be able to help you navigate grief, trauma, depression, and more. They will provide you with a space to process all that’s coming up for you.
Grief counseling in Simi Valley, CA works at your pace, as we guide you towards healing. Make sure to read our blog on What is Grief Counseling?
Coping During the Holidays: Maintain a healthy routine
Keeping a routine and schedule for yourself during this time is important. Try to stay on track with everyday tasks or activities. This may include incorporating walks or physical exercise into your daily routine. You may want to take two walks a day, or spend a certain amount of time outside.
Making sure to eat a balanced diet is also important. You may want to plan out meals during the week as well. Some nights, you’ll order your favorite take out, and others, you’ll try cooking or baking something new. Keeping track of your hydration needs will also help you feel more alert and present.
It could be that you want to try out new things during this time. Whether it be attending group classes for arts, sports, or other activities, take advantage of them. Sign up for them, and try to attend at least one. You may meet like-minded people, and end up really enjoying them.
Coping During the Holidays: Stay connected with others
Create a support network during this time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to others for support. Even if it feels like it’s been a while, and can feel awkward, you have people who care about you. This could be extended family members, friends, or even co-workers that you get along with.
You may find that you are not alone in this situation. The holidays can be stressful for everyone, for a number of reasons. Providing each other with support and a listening ear can really make a difference. See if there’s any events or gatherings that you can join in on.
Check in with others and ask if you can talk about some difficult things, if they are available to listen. Make sure to specify whether you’re seeking advice from someone, or just someone to talk about it to. Opening up and being vulnerable is scary and uncomfortable, but you will feel better in doing so.
Whether you are struggling with grief, depression, loneliness, anxiety, or trauma, you don’t have to go through it alone. Connect with support today, and find that you are strong enough to get through this time.
In-person therapy in Simi Valley is ideal for those seeking a separate, safe space from their home. Check out our blog on Online Therapy or In Office Therapy to understand what format is best for you. Another great blog to read is ours on if you need Therapy or Medication to address your issues.
By seeking out support, you can begin your journey to feeling relief. You don’t have to go through finding the right level of support alone, either.
Consider calling our therapy group at (805) 774-1506 for a free consultation on how you or a loved one can get started today!
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