‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa, la la la la, la la la la……Ok, so it is the season that brings extra cheer and excitement and happiness, but have you ever stopped to think about what it might be like to not feel like this. With the holiday season upon us, sometimes stress and depression fall upon us as well. No one wants to feel like this during the holidays, but there are sometimes a lot of expectations put on us. What side of the family do we spend what day with? Have we spent the same amount of money on everyone in the family? There is this party and that party….and the list goes on and on. Here are some things you can do to get through the holiday season:

Let the emotions come: it is ok, to cry for a loved one that is no longer with us

Be Realistic: we can’t do everything and be everywhere

Take Time for You:  in all of the hustle and bustle, take time out for you, remember to eat healthy and exercise regularly

Be Financially Smart: plan ahead and spend cash only, stick with your budget

Skip the Santa Picture: if your child freaks out at seeing Santa, don’t push it, try again next year.  If the picture means a lot to you find a photographer that will do invisible Santa pictures

Put Aside Differences: put aside those family squabbles and enjoy each others company. There will be other opportunities to work through these differences.

Seek Support: if you are having a hard time coping, let others know, or contact me and we can talk. If you seek for counselling in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge, we are a phone call away. If you are away on vacation or far from the region, online counselling may be an interesting option for you.