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  • Emily Enns

Your Holiday Survival Guide: Tips for Managing Stress

It’s okay to admit it … Christmas can be stressful.

Managing expectations, both those we put on ourselves and those others have for us, mixed with everyday demands, and added layers of anxiety, loneliness, perhaps even grief, can leave you feeling overwhelmed. We could all use a little extra support, especially at this time. With this in mind, the mental health experts at Aligned Health are sharing some practical tips to help manage holiday stressors.

Tips for managing holiday stress

· “Build and create experiences not piles of stuff. Make it about connection and not about performing. Take the time to look at what role you play in your family. And where you feel that role still fits or doesn’t fit for you.” – Catherine Mellinger, Expressive Arts Therapist (EXAT), Perinatal Mental Health Therapist

· “Enjoy family & friends and the spirit of the season while having healthy boundaries. Pop in to events you want to attend but stay only as long as it feels good. Give yourself permission to head home a bit early to rest, recover and recharge. We all want to spend time with people we love but we also have to love ourselves in the process. Happy holidays!” – Gillian Wells, MSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

· “It’s okay to say no to obligations or expectations. If family, or tradition is not for you – create your own.” – Heidi Argyle, Art Psychotherapist

· “Keep it simple. Avoid all the hype around gift giving, see what experience you want to provide and share with people you love. Spending quality time with family/friends and neighbours deepens your relationship and also making you immensely happy and grateful.” – Sanjay Govindaraj, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

If your level of distress is increasing or need immediate support, please reach out to Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247) or go to their website HERE247.

May you experience joy and peace this Season and always.

Aligned Health


Aligned Health is a solution-oriented, complementary, interdisciplinary* clinic dedicated to helping clients move past health challenges that keep them from enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle. At Aligned Health, we take a fresh look at your healthcare, by getting to the root cause and listening well - to you, your body and the latest medical research.

We love seeing our clients transform into hopeful, active individuals who feel confident that they have a vibrant future. Our team of certified health care professionals are committed to thinking outside of the box to find the best, innovative solutions for even the most challenging conditions.

To learn more about counselling and psychotherapy services offered at Aligned Health, please click here.

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