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Ways to Tackle the Holidays

Written by: Amanda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC, CCBT

People typically think of the holiday season as a joyous occasion spent with family and friends. While many are spending time with their families and loved ones, others may be struggling to find happiness during the holidays. These people may be people who may have people to celebrate with, or they may have feelings of being overwhelmed with being with their family or friends during the holidays. This holiday season; take time to identify any difficulties you may be going through.

Here are 3 tips to help make the most of your holidays.

  • First and foremost, if you are feeling lonely or depressed, reaching out to others should be at the top of your list. Calling, texting, Facetiming, or Skyping with family or friends is an easy way to stay connected during the holidays.

  • Next, take time to self reflect. It is important to understand where you’ve been and where you’re at now in life. Focus on the good things while also staying optimistic about what the future holds.

  • Finally, keep busy. Sitting around doing nothing will only make matters worse. This includes social media – If logging on to social media sites and seeing pictures of others with their loved ones only upsets you more, stay off. Go out and make the most of what you have. If you are unable to spend time with family or friends, perhaps make new ones. Not only will your day be brightened, but someone else’s might too.

Keep these tips in mind and make the most of the holidays this season! Happy Holidays from the Neurofeedback & Counseling Center of Pennsylvania!

* Photo courtesy of Jessica Layne.

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