Time flies! This year is getting close to an end, which means that the holiday season is just around the corner! Although the holidays can be fun and exciting, holidays also can be very stressful.

For many, the holidays are a time that families and friends get together. It is time for the tradition! You must be exciting and looking forward to seeing your families and friends, but at the same time, are you feeling a bit of anxiety? It doesn’t mean that you don’t like them! When families and friends get together, there is almost always some sort of drama. Actually, where there are people, there will be drama because we each bring a different personality. Sometimes, some personalities don’t mix well – like water and oil. Perhaps, you and your sister don’t get along very well. Or whenever there is family gathering, your uncle and your mother in law always start to argue. Or in some cases, you get in a pickle between your brother and you husband. Or, your family may have issues around alcohol.

For some, holidays are a very lonely and depressing time. Maybe, for a variety of reasons, you don’t have a family or friends to celebrate the holidays with. Or, you may have recently experienced the loss of someone significant. Holidays remind you of times together, and holidays re-confirm you that the person is gone.

Whatever your circumstance is, the holidays bring you a range of emotions. Holidays are stressful to all! With this economy, I am thinking that this holiday season may be tougher for many, which adds another stress to the holidays.

So, how to successfully navigate the holidays? I suggest you to create a plan now. Whether you are hosting the family gathering, or visiting family, or you have to spend holidays alone, planning will alleviate some stress. Planning will help your time management, budget, and maybe even reduce family conflicts. Also, if you are hosting the family gathering, don’t take on too much. Delegate tasks to others. Ask for help. It is important to say “no” sometimes. Take a moment to breathe when you start to become overwhelmed. Try a relaxation technique. There are a number of methods available – massage, meditation, hypnotherapy, and so on.

Maybe, talk to someone about your holiday anxiety. Discuss with friends or find a great mental health counselor in your area.

Whatever your faith or beliefs, the holidays are about sharing your love for others. Also, it’s a time to be thankful for what you have.