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Holidays Stress

3 Ways Moms Can Fail (But Really WIN) Christmas

Melissa Fenton | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

It is not physically or mentally possible to get four boys (and one grown man) to dress formally, smile joyfully and stand still for any length of time beyond two seconds.

8 Ways to Save Your Sanity This Holiday Season by Taking Things Less Personally

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

So often we cause ourselves unnecessary distress because of the way we interpret what others have said or done. We may become anxious, sad, angry, resentful, or insecure because of someone else's words or actions, or even their silence and inaction.

5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

Debbie Woodbury | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Debbie Woodbury

My Martha Stewart holiday plans were wildly unrealistic. As a new parent, hosting new grandparents, I felt an overwhelming responsibility to create Norman Rockwell holidays. Since we don't live in oil paintings, this was never going to actually happen.

No-Fail Holiday Anywhere Workouts

Angeles Burke | Posted 02.23.2013 | Home
Angeles Burke

While getting to the gym may not be an option for you during the holiday months, it does not mean that you cannot get in a great workout using your body weight and a few seasonal props.

Are The Holidays Bringing You Down? 5 Tips To Counter Seasonal Hurdles

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.22.2013 | Home
Lisa Firestone

No matter what is causing our "winter blues," it is important to stay on our own side and have faith that these moods can and will pass. To fight these battles, we must believe in our own resilience, in our ability to tolerate pain and to overcome the inevitable hurdles life brings.

How Do You De-Stress Around The Holidays?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

'Tis the season to be stressed -- but you don't have to lose your cool over that parking spot at the mall. In the next few days, there may be cance...

8 Tips For Staying Healthy And Happy During The Holidays

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.21.2013 | Home
Leana Wen, M.D.

Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's -- these are supposed to be times of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Here are eight tips for staying healthy and happy during this season of joy.

WATCH: Happy Holidays!

Brad Yates | Posted 02.20.2013 | Home
Brad Yates

While this is traditionally called "the most wonderful time of the year," it is also traditionally the most stressful time of year -- at least for many (if not most) of us. Here's a little something to relieve some of that stress and hopefully put a little more jolly in your holiday.

Getting Through the Holidays (Without Going Over the River and Through the Woods!)

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Chances are, the holidays are going to include some stress -- especially if you're dealing with illness, grief, or other serious life challenge. However, if you go into them by taking responsibility for what you can control, there's a good chance they will be more joy-filled.

Grinching the Inner Scrooge

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.13.2013 | Home
Terry Kelhawk

Working as a professional, being a mother with lots of friends and family, and carrying the local reputation of social doyenne meant that the busyness of shopping, wrapping, and party-throwing ran my elf legs ragged. For years, the days between Thanksgiving and mid-January were a battle.

The 12 Steps To Avoiding The Christmas Cliff

Michele Weldon | Posted 02.12.2013 | Home
Michele Weldon

I no longer can spare the time, money, desire or hopefulness to cram a lifetime of high expectations into two 24-hour days from Dec. 24 through Dec. 25. So I am stepping back from the false notion of nostalgia and admitting my addiction to the holiday crazies.

Be Scrooge and Tiny Tim: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Home
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Ebenezer Scrooge understood one needs to take care of oneself before it's even possible to take care of anyone else. His problem was that he didn't take the step of investing in his own joy, nourishing his body or his soul, and therefore couldn't be bothered to take care of anyone else.

When the Holidays Hurt

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 02.11.2013 | Home
Dr. Tian Dayton

Sugar plums aren't the only things that dance through our heads during the holiday season. For those among us whose holidays have been shaken up by loss or family rupture, addiction or illness, the holidays can remind us not only of what we have, but of what feels missing.

Fearlessly Fighting the Holiday Stress

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.10.2013 | Home
Jonathan Alpert

This time of the year I get a barrage of patients who feel terribly stressed due to the holidays. I tell my patients they have a choice: participate in the frenzy of the season, or reduce stress by changing their view and celebrating in a way that is unique to them and truly theirs.

Have Fun Without the Stress This Holiday Season

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 02.10.2013 | Home
Debbie Gisonni

In real life, unless you have a personal event planner or live in the Land of Oz, it's difficult, stressful and maybe even impossible to pull off the perfect holiday. Here are a few ways to calm your nerves and your expectations during the "most wonderful time of the year."

How To Have The Best Holiday Season Ever

Maria Nemeth, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.

"How am I going to make it through the holidays?" It's a common cry. But wait. What if it doesn't have to be like this at all? What if you could have the holiday season be a time of ease, satisfaction, and fun? Does this sound too good to be true?

What Are You Doing for You This Holiday Season?

Mary Pritchard | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Mary Pritchard

Have you thought of what you need to do to get through the holidays? No, I'm not talking about gift lists. I am talking about you. Have you thought about what you need so you don't go crazy at some point before the New Year?

Know Your Safe-Goat: A Tip for Holiday Survival

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Home
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

As opposed to a family scapegoat -- an immediate family member at whom we direct unprocessed anxiety or anger -- a "safe-goat" is a person far enough outside our immediate family system at whom we can direct unprocessed anxiety or anger without inflaming conflicts between present members.

10 Holiday Shopping Guidelines For The Soul

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 01.28.2013 | Home
Dr. Judith Rich

With a personal history of compulsive holiday shopping, I now eschew this activity altogether. Here's what I've learned from five years of recovery.

Home For The Holiday Weekend? 5 Tips For Not (Completely) Losing It

Dr. Paula Bloom | Posted 01.21.2013 | Home
Dr. Paula Bloom

You do yoga, drink green tea, and read every self-improvement book that comes out. You have it together, you are evolved, and you've got the whole emotional intelligence thing under control. And then the fourth Thursday of November approaches. Yup, it's time to go home for the holidays.

De-Stress The Holiday Mess: 6 Steps To A More Festive Season

Terri Cole | Posted 01.21.2013 | Home
Terri Cole

Once you've made the decision of how you're going to handle the holidays, with either all the delight or burden it can bring, go about systematically making decisions that are in line with that result.

Start Early: Bolster Yourself For Holiday Stress

John Tsilimparis | Posted 01.05.2013 | Home
John Tsilimparis

There are many reasons why we suffer from holiday stress, but one of the reasons is we unknowingly put undue pressure on ourselves with unrealistic expectations that generally revolve around family, friends, time management and spending.

7 Simple Practices To Really Enjoy The Holidays

James Baraz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
James Baraz

For true well-being, try these simple practices that will keep you connected to healthy mind states and help you really enjoy the holidays.

Are The Holidays Overwhelming You? How To Regain Balance

Meg Wolff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Meg Wolff

Ever feel that you're doing so much that you don't get anything done "right"? And then... here come the holidays?