Are Your Holidays Hectic? Orlando & Central Florida Mental Health Tip

Let’s face it. The holiday season brings stress and anxiety to many of us! One of the main causes is the pressure we feel to make everything perfect. From buying the perfect gifts to hosting the perfect holiday gathering, many people feel like they have to live up to impossible standards. Additionally, the cost of gifts, travel, and entertainment can add up quickly and become overwhelming for those who struggle financially.

The holidays can also be a reminder of loved ones who are no longer with us, or a source of tension among family members in conflict with each other. These situations can heighten emotions adding additional pressure and anxiety. So, how can you cope with the stress that can come with the hectic holiday season? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Set realistic expectations. Don’t try to make everything perfect. Remember that the holidays are about spending time with the people you love, not about impressing others.
  • Make a budget and stick to it. Decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, and entertainment, and then stick to that budget. This can help reduce financial stress and worry.
  • Take time for yourself. Make sure to set aside time to do things that you enjoy, like reading a book, going for a walk, or practicing yoga. This can help you recharge and reduce stress.
  • Reach out for support. If you are feeling overwhelmed, talk to a friend, family member, or therapist. They can offer support and help you cope with your stress and anxiety. Call 407-875-3700 and select option”3” to connect to an Aspire team member who can tell you about the affordable counseling services that we offer!

Yes, the holidays can be busy and stressful, but by setting realistic expectations, managing your finances, taking care of yourself, and reaching out for support, you can reduce stress and reconnect with what the season means to you.

Happy holidays!