Posted by: Frank Walker LMFT | November 26, 2016

Stress and The Holidays



Take control of the Holidays.


  • Acknowledge your feelings.

The holidays can bring up all kinds of emotions. Recognize that these feelings. Knowing your feelings can help you do something to reduce and even eliminate them.

  • Reach out.

The holidays are all about people. Get out of your house and isolation. Meet up with friends and family this season. Take in the many holiday events in your area. Be around people and share the holiday festivities. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.

  • Be realistic.

You can’t do everything. So, do some things well. Don’t even try to do everything. You can’t meet everyone’s needs. It just can’t be done. Take the pressure off yourself of trying to be everything to everyone.

  • Set aside differences.

The holidays are a time to get together. But sometimes these get togethers bring up old disagreements and strife.  Put all of that aside. Leave politics and other hot topics out of the holiday picture. Remember good will toward men and even disagreeable relatives and friends. Bite your tongue and keep it to yourself for the season.

  • Stick to a budget.

  • Know your money limits and stick to them.

  • Try to accept people as they are. Even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations.

  • Plan ahead.

Have a plan and try to stick to it. Have a plan B just in case. Be flexible and go with the flow.

  • Learn to say no.

You can’t do everything. Don’t feel guilty. Know your limits.

  • Have a plan.

Know the when and where and hows. Stick to it with reason.

  • Don’t abandon healthy habits.

You know everyone goes overboard on the holidays. Know your limits and try to stick to them. Headaches, upset stomachs and hangovers are not worth it.

Don’t forget your exercise routine. Instead of sitting around the food table, take your talk on a walk.

  • Take a breather.

To be the best during the holidays you need some me time. Take a nap. Relax for just a little while. Don’t burn yourself out.

  • Seek professional help if you need it.

The holidays can bring out all kinds of emotions. It might help to talk to a professional. Just to deal with it all. Just talking it all through can be a big help.


Frank J Walker LMFT

1617 Main Street

Cambria, Ca. 93428


Frank’s books are available @



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