At this point in our lives, we’re bound to have experienced memorable episodes of holiday stress and family dysfunction. Why is the “season to be jolly” so stressful? Most likely, because we make it that way! Year after year, we attempt to live up to idealized expectations, like those created by the movies, holiday ads and family traditions, or self-imposed expectations of what a perfect holiday “should be”! In the process, we can drive ourselves crazy, unless we learn to rethink holiday stress and bring a revised perspective to the chaos around us. Is this the year we’ll finally create the holiday we’ve always wanted?

Paige Valdiserri is an internationally recognized traumatic stress and integrative healing consultant, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. For more information about Paige, click here:

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