Despite all the positive and fuzzy connotations tied to Christmas, there are some challenges that you may experience during the festive season. In this article, we’ll look at how you can cope during the holiday season and protect your mental health.

Limit Conflict with Family Members

While catching up with family during Christmas is great, it also means possibly running into family members with who you might not get along. Lower the chances of clashing with them by trying the following strategies.

Know Your Triggers and Create Doable Strategies

Spend some time thinking about what it is that ticks you off about these family members.
Usually, there are universal elements that form part of any trigger in relation to conflict:

  • what someone says or does
  • their tone or energy
  • your thoughts about what they say or do
  • the way it makes you feel
  • the actions that you take

To cope, you could keep conversation to a minimum, avoid certain topics, excuse yourself to get fresh air and think about the person’s behaviour in a more balanced way.

If the situation is just too much to handle, you could decide to only go to gatherings where that person is excluded or only stay for a short while.

A great way to gain insight into your triggers and cope with your feelings is to seek the services of a mental health professional.

Put Yourself out There
Loneliness and boredom might be a problem for you if you are shy or socially anxious. Here are some things you could try to make this Christmas more memorable:

Reach out to Family Members or Friends
Scroll through your contact list and find people you get along with. Reach out and ask to
hang out. Together, you could decide on something that appeals to both of you.

Be Careful Though
Be careful of just agreeing to anything. The person could see this as a vulnerability and try to take advantage of you. Maintain your dignity and agree only to things that you are honestly comfortable with.

Prepare yourself for possible rejection or subtle hints of it. If the person does not want to go, take it in your stride and remind yourself that they have the right to say no.

In terms of hints, trust your instinct and your gut feeling if you believe that they are making excuses or trying to avoid spending time with you. It’s okay, they are probably avoiding the discomfort that comes with admitting this. Keep reaching out to others until you find
someone who’s genuinely interested.

Join a Wellness Therapy Program

Joining a wellness therapy program is a sound investment into the nourishment and flourishing of your mental health.
You’ll work alongside an expert and get insight into your emotions, and design strategies meant to help you manage any difficulties in your life.

At Wellness Therapy, I create highly personalised psychotherapy programs for short-term and long-term issues. Contact me and we can start your journey to healing today.


How Can Psychotherapy and Counselling Help?

Everyone experiences anxiety differently so the therapy process is tailored to your needs. Rather than just focusing on the symptoms, psychotherapy and counselling can help by addressing the underlying issues which are fuelling anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Counselling offers a safe and non-judgemental space to examine what your mind and body are telling you while exploring and challenging your thoughts and the meaning of your anxiety.

By taking a deeper look at what might be contributing to your worries, it’s possible to make meaningful and longer-lasting changes.

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