Surviving the Holidays

11:56 23 November in Open Mind
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The Holidays – Stress & Depression

The holiday season is upon us, and so can stress and depression. The holidays can be a stressful and depressing time for many. How you go about experiencing the holidays could very well dictate how it will go for you. Seeing family, family you might not have seen in a while, family triggers, arguing, old resentments, etc. And spending money… spending money during the holidays can be very stressful especially when you are not budgeting yourself.

The article below is from the Mayo Clinic, which I think is worth sharing. It discusses coping skills to assist in experiencing healthier holidays.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544?pg=1

The Holidays and Relapsing

For those living with addiction, the holidays are a prime time for people to relapse and for some of the reasons mentioned above. You may be anxious about spending time with family. You might be concerned that you are not invited anywhere and being all alone for the holidays. Depression. Too much family to deal with. Not enough family to deal with. The holidays can dig up old stuff for people and make them more prone for relapse. Call your counselor or sponsor. Attend a self-help meeting. During the holidays there are marathon meetings made available. It’s difficult not to be able to locate a meeting in your area. They are all over.

The article below discusses tips to avoid relapse during the holiday season.
http://www.about-addiction.com/how-recovering-addicts-can-avoid-relapse-during-holidays/

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Holiday Season!

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