Need help coping with holiday stress? It’s that magical time of year! The holidays are upon us, time with family and friends. Trying to spoil your loved ones with gifts without breaking the bank. It’s also a time of stress and sadness for many.
Coping With Holiday Stress And Loneliness
Many people feel pressured to be happy and festive. Or to be social. But when you are grieving, it can even more difficult.
Share your feelings.
Be honest with the people you trust, and tell them you’re feeling lonely. They will want to be there for you and provide support.
Ask for what you need. People can’t read your mind, so it’s unfair to expect them to know what you want or how to help. Asking for help or asking for what you need doesn’t make you weak.
Avoid social media. Even though I’ve been busy building my Instagram, I even get depressed looking at other people’s posts sometimes. What we see on social media, is what people what you to see, it’s not always the reality. So don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides.
Own your emotions
You are a product of your emotions and your experiences, so don’t make yourself wrong for feeling a certain way. Just acknowledge it and try to move out. We learn this best from children, one moment they are upset and throwing a tantrum the next they are running around without a care in the world.
Take care of your needs.
I hate to be the messenger of bad news but you are NOT invincible! Take time to take care of yourself. Eat well, get enough sleep and do things that relax your mind and body. Check out these sleep tips and these anxiety tips.
Set realistic expectations
It’s important to have realistic expectations of yourself and those around you in order to prevent disappointment. You’re not going to change overnight and neither will they. You can’t control what others will say (unless you have mastered mind control). You can however gain control over your expectations and how you respond to others.
Talk a therapist
Sometimes even the friends and family with the best of intentions can’t relate to you. Or you feel like you don’t want to burden them with you problems. Check out these tips to help you find the right therapist.
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