EDMONTON- The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many people. There’s so much to do and what seems like so little time to do it in – shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning and the list goes on.
Psychologist Amanda Slugoski says, if you’re feeling the pinch, take a step back and ask yourself a couple of questions. “How do you want to be with that stress? You may want to be gentle or calm or flexible that things aren’t going to be perfect,” she said.
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Slugoski adds finances are often the biggest stressor during the holiday season. Many shoppers are left juggling the guilt for spending too much or too little on their loved ones.
“There is certainly a lot of pressure to spend. We get a lot of messages from the media, marketing, and going into stores. “This is the hot new toy, this is the thing you can’t live without’,” she said.
Slugoski also says we need to let go of the perception that Christmas is this magical joyous time of the year for everyone and acknowledge it can be stressful or sometimes even sad.
She suggests that, if you know someone is struggling, reach out.
“The best thing thing you can do is let them know that you’re there for them if they want to come to you,” she said.