A holiday is not a homogeneous concept; everyone can experience holidays differently depending on a variety of aspects like work responsibilities, caregiving duties, cultural norms, and socioeconomic status. Holidays can also be stressful for people having strengthened the sadness, grief, and stress to the extent that might impact functionality and risks the low mood becoming more chronic.

1. Self-care important

Do not ignore the feelings – like sadness, anxiety, or crying bouts – that are surfacing during the time (even if you do, they will keep getting stronger).

2. Social media assumptions

Looking at others’ happy pictures during holiday time can be very emotion-provoking. know that human has different challenges in life. Buddha’s first noble truth is that human life means suffering, which is the ultimate truth

3. Set Healthy Boundaries with family and friends

You won’t be a bad person if you don’t spend time with your family during the holidays. Take some time to yourself and sit with the feelings while reminding yourself that you don’t have to sacrifice your sanity or happiness to make others happy.

4. The Uncontrollable fixation

Sometimes our mind fixates on things that are not in our control which is very natural because anything which is not in control is a tricky event and our mind is trained to ‘solve the problem’. In such times you can remind yourself that not everything can be in your control and try to find your resources and use them effectively.

5. Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude might not solve the problem the way you want, but it will help you look at the aspects that are might be overviewed by you in the present Practicing gratitude can be an effective grounding technique.

6. Re-visit the past

It’s important to reflect on your past experiences, especially with a perspective on how you have overcome your previous challenges. Look at the patterns you have followed and think if you would like to change something in the way that you manage the challenge.

7. Adopt healthy coping strategies

Being a potato couch for a long period of time when you have no official. Working to be motivated during the holidays might shake the sense of purpose and build on sad feelings. In such times, ask yourself if there’s any task or feeling that you have been avoiding lately?

This blog was written under the expert guidance and feedback from Ms.Pooja Varma, Clinical Psychologist at Edited and Coordinated by Ram

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  • Prachi Sharma

    Prachi (she/her) is a Counseling Psychologist. She received her training and Master’s degree at Amity University, Noida concentrating in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She has worked with a variety of clients and has experience in community mental health as well. She likes to provide an inclusive and affirming therapeutic environment. She is interested in working with clients needing support with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, trauma, stress and self-esteem issues. She aims to provide a relationship where the other will discover the capacity within themselves to grow, change and build an everlasting relationship with their authentic selves. She utilizes approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, principles of Essentialism/Minimalism, NLP, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Polyvagal Theory and Positive Psychology- making it eclectic, tailor-made and holistic for the clients. Prachi believes that merely through communicating, any individual can start the process of healing. She believes that with awareness of our struggles, one can work towards identifying and modifying behaviors one wishes to change. She is passionate about making our world a better place to live by her work and expertise. In her free time, you can find Prachi climbing the great Himalayan mountains, meditating, gardening and drawing mandalas.

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