Holiday Stress Hotspot: Anticipation and Expectations
- Be realistic. Just because it’s the holiday season, family issues will not suddenly disappear and everything will not be perfect.
- Adjust your expectations. Expect a few bumps in the road at family events and gatherings and you’ll be better able to deal with them.
- Relish traditions. Focus on those little traditions that evoke positive memories for the holidays: songs, events, rituals, and more. Consider creating new traditions if older ones are marred with mixed memories.