- Let go of unrealistic expectations – you can’t recreate the past and you can’t have everything perfect. Take the holidays for what they are and enjoy them.
- Acknowledge and express feelings honestly – give yourself permission to feel common feelings, like sadness, anxiety, and pressure.
- If you tend to isolate yourself, keep busy – invite other people to get together over the holidays. Be proactive about creating things to do for yourself.
- Re-evaluate your traditions – if your traditions are causing you too much stress, or are too time consuming to do, consider starting a new, less stressful one instead.
- Don’t expect family problems to disappear – family issues won’t disappear just because it’s the holidays. Try to let go of past conflicts and resentments, and forgive family members. Balance your needs with your family’s, and reduce the amount of time you spend with difficult family members if you need to.
- Prepare for the extra intensity – eliminate stressful or unnecessary activities and chores. Take some quiet time to yourself if you need to.
- Nurture yourself – do something special just for you this holiday season!
- If you are struggling with loneliness or loss – go somewhere to find support and encouragement, like a support group. Try volunteering, because helping others can take the focus off your own pain.
- Be careful about overindulging – eat, drink and spend money in moderation. Stick to nonalcoholic drinks, get more exercise, and set spending limits.
- Remind yourself of the true meaning of the holidays – focus on what is most important about the holidays, and beware of excessive commercialism.
Meet our Author!
Jennifer attended West Virginia University and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. She began working for a group of several colleges before graduating with her Master’s. In this role, Jennifer helped manage all marketing activities for the colleges. This included more traditional marketing like TV and radio, and also modern marketing like social media and digital ad campaigns. Jennifer learned how to create high-level strategies and operational tactics. Jennifer believes marketing is both an art and a science, because it takes an artist to create and a scientist to measure the results. Jennifer is super excited to be in her current role as Senior Social Strategist at Sutherland!