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Dealing with Holiday Stress


The holidays can be a joyous occasion; a reason for family and friends to gather and celebrate, look back on achievements or milestones, and make plans for the new year. The holidays can bring and extra dose of happiness and an abundance of emotions. For most, this time of year is great. The holidays, however, can also be overwhelming.


Some of us may turn up the music and dance, roast some chestnuts in the fire, eat an abundance of food and sweets vowing to be good again in January without much difficulty. But the joy and merriment of the season can also be stressful. Some may experience sadness, disappointment, anxiety and sensory overload. It is important to be aware of and understand what happens around us so that the holidays are as rewarding and joyous as possible for all.


So take some extra time to drive to your destinations, a few deep breaths, a time out or just forget about that last dish that you don’t have time for. It’s ok if something isn’t perfect. It’s ok if a few relatives or friends are not satisfied with your efforts.


Take some time to notice what has made 2018 good and jot down some ideas of what would make 2019 even better. Help someone heal, dance away the blues and enjoy that piece of pie. Celebrate YOU and take care of YOU! If needed, take some time away from all the festivities, ask for help and know that with time, support and patience anything is possible.

We wish you health, joy and success and we will continue to be here for you in 2019. From our Stramski family to yours, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


Many thanks to our supporters, other providers and agencies working with us year-round. And most of all, a heartfelt appreciative thank you to the Steel Magnolias for all their time, dedication, grand ideas and support.

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