Finding More Joy

  • December 3rd, 2021
  • By Pathway Caring for Children

Pathway’s Mental Health Director- Marcie Girdlestone, LPCC-S shares practical advice on managing stress through this holiday season.

The holidays can be a time when people feel more stressed than usual- even with the joys of celebrating. Families are faced with busy stores, limited finances, gift demands, stressful family interactions, loneliness, etc. Add to this the actual physical demands that the holidays place on us with running around, sickness, poor nutrition, and fewer hours of sleep; the stress of this time of year can really impact our ability to enjoy ourselves. How can you find more joy in your holidays?

Be realistic and flexible. The holidays don’t have to (and most likely won’t) be perfect or follow “tradition”. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones with input from all family members. And remember, you don’t have to feel obligated to attend every event to which you are invited. Set limits and prioritize.

Schedule some quiet time. Focusing on quiet moments of connecting and sharing with your loved ones while singing holiday songs, decorating cookies, or playing a game without the hubbub of the holidays will keep you focused on what is truly important during the holidays-meaningful relationships with people you care about.

Talk about how you’re feeling. Often we believe we are expected to be happy and cheerful throughout the holidays. Being able to talk about how you’re really feeling and asking for help will build a stronger connection between you and those who care about you.

Get enough rest and good nutrition. We tend to over-indulge in sweets and other tasty treats during the holidays while keeping busy schedules with parties, gatherings, and get-togethers. Keeping an eye on your sleep and nutrition will keep you fueled and rested to get through everything with enjoyment.

If you are struggling with managing stress, feelings of depression or loneliness, or relationship issues, reach out to our Mental Health Department.

We are here to help YOU & YOUR Family!