The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for many people they can also be stressful, difficult, and lonely.
This year is sure to bring more stress than usual, being the second Christmas during the pandemic, and the Omicron variant may throw a wrench in the works, with holiday and travel plans upended for some. Meanwhile, there is pent-up pressure and expectations from family members to make up for lost holidays. And then there are financial concerns, and the need to get everything done in a short amount of time. You may even feel like your emotions are getting out of control or that you're being pulled in different directions by everyone else's needs and not attending to your own. Good or bad, the holidays ramp up stress.
You need a survival strategy. Here are three things that can help: