Does Holiday season make you anxious?

By Katarzyna Oskarbska 

With the Holiday season upon us, many of us have our hands full.  We are shopping for gifts, making plans for where and with whom to spend time the holidays, all while still going to work, school, and keeping up with the day to day tasks. For some of us, just thinking about getting with family is anxiety provoking.  With family gatherings bringing all these different personalities get together many are just anticipating who will start a topic that may spark a fiery conversation…

This is not meant to be “How to Survive Holidays” type of post but it’s good to take a moment and remind yourself what the real premise of the Holidays is and what meaning it has to you. Try to remember that you get together to celebrate something that is important (if it really is) to you and your family. Having fast paced lives, especially in NYC, we rarely have time to relax and find time for family.  The holidays are a perfect occasion to reconnect with your family. This is also an opportunity to preserve family traditions so they won’t be forgotten. However, don’t just blindly follow all traditions your family of origin had, adjust your traditions to what’s right for you.  Obviously, if your kids are teenagers there is no need for an uncle to dress as Santa and bring presents.  Don’t try to please everyone but choose traditions from your partner’s family and your own that you think are worth maintaining.  Also, create traditions with your own family that you will enjoy celebrating together. Maybe then thinking about Holidays will evoke joyous memories and calm the anxiety associated with Holidays.  

Nevertheless, if the Holiday season is a really depressing season and you are ready to change it I would be welcome to hear you out…

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