RTD: Maintaining Holiday Mental Health

I know its early in November, but soon we will look up and be celebrating a New Year. Between now and then there are countless triggers to stress from gifts to budgets to family gatherings. It may be considered a the most Wonderful Time of the Year, but it also really really sucks.
I am fortunate that I don’t have to deal with sharing the holidays among my parents and my in-laws, because I don’t talk to mine (that’s a story for another day).  I have grown accustomed to spending Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and morning with my in-laws.  However, that was not always the case.

From Thanksgiving through the New Year, Americans lose their minds.  We need to gorge ourselves on gigantic hormone-fed and deep-fried birds then garnish our plate with sweet potatoes, stuffing, and gravy all while watching football and the expansion of our waste-bands. Who is going to cook which dishes, and are they as good as mom or grandma used to make?  By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, if you haven’t purchased any of your Christmas presents, you’re already behind schedule.

Christmas presents a whole new storm of trouble and stresses during the holiday season.  There are annual visits from fringe family members you don’t normally want around you on a regular basis, you travel at the same time as 50% of America, or you have to host the biggest and best dinner anyone has ever experienced… ever!  There are to many expectations to live up to during this season from decor, to food, to presents.  However, how much of those expectations are self-imposed and how many are truly expected by those around us?

The holidays can stir up the best or the worst in us.  The thought of heading into this time of year can be exciting, or a stress trigger.  How do you manage your sanity during this time of year?  What tricks or tips can you share with managing your mental health during the holiday rush?

Join us this Wednesday Night for our weekly #DadsRT chat as we become a support group for one another and share our trials and triumphs.  😉  We start at 6pst/9est but we are online 30 minutes leading up to it.  See you there. 



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  1. I am not looking forward to some of the upcoming family gatherings. We have cunning cult members, vicious vegans, miserable liberals, and contrary conservatives.

  2. Happiest Daddy says:

    Call me crazy — we are traveling on Christmas Day this year and spending a whirlwind 5 days up north. The worst part for us is how family members put in bids for our time.

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