When it comes to dealing with holiday stress, sometimes the best thing for you to do is to set healthy boundaries. What I mean by that is doing a self-assessment of yourself and understanding what is your limit, what can you do and cannot do regardless of the expectations you put on yourself or expectations of your family or friends.
So, once you assess that and are able to figure out what your limits are, it is important to verbalize those boundaries to others so they understand where you’re coming from. That might involve saying, “I can only do this,” or, “I cannot be engaged in this type of conversation. I don’t want to talk about politics or religion,” or whatever it might be during the holidays (these are common things that can cause arguments and stress during the holidays). Just really be aware that this is a boundary for not just your good, but ultimately the good of the relationships that you are involved in.
I hope this helps. I hope you have a blessed holiday. If you find yourself too overwhelmed or too involved in a situation where you need professional help, I invite you to call us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and possibly set up an appointment with you to get you through this holiday season together. Thanks.