Mariann Mamberg, LCSW
As exciting as the holidays can be, for many people, with all the pressures, the physical and emotional stress can sometimes become overwhelming. The demands on you may seem endless. Shopping expenses mount, family visits, emotional relationship issues, and entertaining can be end up being more of a chore than a pleasure.
But there are ways to ease the stress – and the depression it may bring – and the holidays can once again turn into a wonderful time of year. How? Here are a few suggestions:
Acknowledge feelings, especially if a loved one has recently passed. It’s hard to be joyful when mourning, so don’t bury those feelings. Try to start new traditions.
Donate your time. Studies have found that doing volunteer work, or helping others can help reduce depression.
Don’t look for perfection. Things change. Old traditions evolve as children grow and have their own families. Share pictures, emails, videos and embrace them.
Don’t dwell on past grievances. We all have our own limitations and responsibilities, and these can turn into unintended slights. Be understanding.
If you feel that your anxiety or sadness is overwhelming, go to my website and contact me: MariannMamberg@comcast.net
If you have thoughts of suicide, please call the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255