Yes! It's already November, and soon it will be that time of year. The Holidays. For many, it's a time to be together as a family, laughing and sharing funny stories from their past times, reminiscing over those not able to be present, enjoying great food around the dinner table while listening to Hallmark movies, and festive jingles.
But for others, it's a time for stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. In stepfamilies, the holidays often remind everyone that things are different, that they're not like they used to be. It's a reminder for the kids that their parents are no longer living together and often need to spend time going from one place to another.
This year was a tough time for many families, and here's why:
- economic insecurities
- mental or health challenges
- increased family responsibilities
- continued casualties from Covid-19
Don't let the holidays get you down! The holidays are notorious for getting everyone all worked up with stress, anxiety, and depression. We can focus on high priorities in our stepfamily so that we don't spread ourselves too thin.
Over the coming days and weeks, I'll be sharing tips, advice, and strategies to help you get ready mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually for the holidays.
Here's a sneak peek at the topics I'll be addressing:
- Preparing now for the upcoming holidays
- Tackling the uncertainty of last-minute changes
- Creating realistic expectations around the holidays
- Avoiding the lonely feelings that holiday seasons create
- Dealing with loss and grief, especially during the holiday period
- Setting healthy boundaries so that everyone can enjoy the holidays
- Forging shared experiences through rituals and traditions – new and old
- Addressing the stressors and challenges of the holidays before they arise
- Cultivating an attitude of gratitude and togetherness during this holiday season
- Communicating the meaning of the holidays and the experiences you want to live
- Building a positive mindset to help create the kind of holiday experience you want
Be sure to check back on the strategies I'll be sharing, which you'll be able to start implementing in your life- today. I'd love to hear your feedback on what you liked best.
If you're struggling with a specific stepfamily holiday issue, leave me a comment below, and I'll be sure to address it in an upcoming post. And hopefully, by the end of my holiday series, you'll find ways to add a bit more joy this year than you did in the previous ones.