A pile of tinsel.

Let’s Normalize All Feelings This Holiday Season

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

I always tell people, ‘if you have a body, and inhabit planet earth, then you, (my friend) are having a human experience. And as we all know, (some more than other’s) this experience is chucked full of feelings!

Typical holiday feelings include: gratitude, awe, amusement and love.

But what if, for whatever reason, this holiday season the feelings that surface instead are associated with: anger, envy, dread, or sadness.

I’m here to let you know, it’s okay. It’s okay to feel:

  • Negative about the holidays
  • Overwhelmed with the tasks
  • Sadness for the loved ones who have passed
  • A desire to be alone
  • Frustrated by crowds
  • Anxious about finances

Four very simple and straight forward ways in which you can manage stress this holiday season and make sure you don’t get your tinsel in a tangle:

  1. Check in with yourself
  2. Check in with others
  3. Don’t forget to do small things every day
  4. Rest

I will leave you with this final thought, as you navigate this holiday season:

In case you’re stressing ’bout all
the last minute prep, remember…
your PRESENCE is more
important than your PRESENTS

Andrea Anderson
Jessica Dixon | Counselor & Advocate
Jessica Dixon | Counselor & Advocate

Jessica has worked at TDN for a little over a decade, that’s two whole hands for those counting! She has never met a lunch she didn’t enjoy and her favorite snack is popcorn. Jessica’s apartment is currently home to over 200 books, a partner (who loves to cook), and a black pug named Georgia Jean.