Overwhelmed at the Holidays?

How to Change Your Outlook with Hypnotherapy

It’s easy to admit that even the most joyful person, the happiest family feels a bit of stress at the holidays.  For a lot of people, it can be down-right overwhelming regardless of what religion you may be a part of or not.  It’s a time of year that brings on a unique set of circumstances that throws most people out of their routine, budget and mind!

Do you really need hypnotherapy though?  You would be surprised how the practice of a professional hypnotherapist can do to calm your mind, relax your body and ground your soul.  It is truly a matter of self-care which is crucial overall, and especially during the holidays.  




Where Is All This Anxiety Coming From?

As you hustle and bustle through the mall, or spend hours late night designing cards and buying gifts online, you must ask yourself, “Where is all this anxiety coming from?”  Here are just some of the known triggers around holidays that you might relate to:

  • Expectations - Expectations of yourself and others like family or friends.  These expectations are elevated during the holidays with the stress of making everything perfect bombarding you from every source.  When things don’t go as planned, which is pretty typical, it feels unusually upsetting.
  • Over-extending yourself - While you’re running around over-extending your budget, your physical energy and your time, you are going to feel pressured.  Many times this pressure leads to bad moods, fights, procrastination and other stressful feelings that you can’t fit into 24-hours.  Self-care is needed.
  • Family Traditions and Changes -- Traditions are beautiful but they too come with a set of expectations, boundaries, opinions and time that some individuals aren’t really accustomed to or perhaps these traditions bring up bad memories, anxiety, exhaustion, and even depression.  As families change due to losses, babies, divorced, new girlfriends, so do the dynamics involved creating another source of anxiety that can sneak up on you.
  • It’s ok to say No. Learn to say no when asked to do things that are going to cause you to feel overwhelmed and resentful.  The word “no” is a powerful tool in your coping-skill box.  No one is perfect.  No one can be invited to everything and it’s also ok not to go.  Know when to say, “No.”
  • Watch Your Wallet.  Stay on budget.  Finances are one of the top three stress factors in life, period.  Adding more to your debt, adds more stress and anxiety that don’t make holiday times fun.  Watch your wallet and your own self love.

"The holidays can bring up depressive feelings in many.  Know that you’re not alone and there is help.  

Remember that self-care and self-love are the greatest gifts you can give yourself.  With these, you can then keep giving to those you love and living with a grounded body and mind."


The Importance of Self-Care During the Holidays

The following tips are great for anyone juggling daily life with the extra gatherings, giving, and going full-speed.  It’s a fact that more families fight at this time, depression rates increase and sadly suicides increase as well.  Give yourself the gift of self love so that you can truly enjoy the winter time no matter how you spend it.  

- Planning ahead is an obvious suggestion.  Is everyone capable of pulling it off?  No, not actually.  Just remember, when you hear the term, “Christmas in July,” use that as a wake up call to squirrel away time for crafts and money for giving and gathering.  

- Exercise and keep eating well.  This is something that benefits the body and mind everyday.  Don’t forget to schedule time for exercise, relaxation and avoid food triggers that may cause health issues to flair. 

- Hypnotherapy.  Yes, hypnotherapy.  This therapy will help you get into the proper mindset to handle the extra pressures, family gatherings, expectations and other factors.  Through a calming environment, you’ll find it easier to face these times with joy and less anxiety.  

Hypnotherapy simply puts you in a relaxed state of mind where you are free to explore those overwhelmed feelings and open to suggestions on how to handle them well.  

- Finding your stress reliever.  Hypnotherapy is the perfect way to prepare for the holidays.  Take time to note how you are feeling and be sure to seek help if you are overwhelmed.  

 

The holidays can bring up depressive feelings in many.  Know that you’re not alone and there is help.  

Remember that self-care and self-love are the greatest gifts you can give yourself.  With these, you can then keep giving to those you love and living with a grounded body and mind.