At this time of year, we are presented with many visions of a Picture Perfect Christmas.
These Perfect Christmas visions provide a hidden danger that you need to be aware of.
The key word here is “perfect.” When you’re looking at these holiday images there’s a real danger that you start to expect your own family Christmas to have the same look and feel.
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Coveting a Picture Perfect Christmas will only lead to disappointment and a feeling of inadequacy. @askdrho
While we may intellectually know not to expect the perfect holiday celebration we may still subconsciously want it.
We may even have something going on in our lives that bring sadness to this time of year.
This may be health, relationship or financial woes.
Perhaps, there is concern about the mental health of a loved family member or even concern about addiction.
The holiday season is, unfortunately, a time when stress can be at its height and negative behaviors very prevalent.
Society and media can put a great deal of pressure on us to put on a smile and be “merry and bright” during the holidays.
However, life isn’t always cooperative. It’s messy, complicated, and sometimes sad – even on Christmas.
If there is concern about drug or alcohol addiction seek help. If there is concern that someone may hurt themselves do not hesitate to call emergency services.
offers some great assessment tools. Plus there are great places to find help, counseling and additional resources such as The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, Addiction Resource, Drugfree, and Alcoholics Anonymous.
If you are having a tough time during the holidays don’t allow yourself to be pressured to put yourself in a good mood.
Don’t expect to feel better all of sudden.
Get through the holidays the best you can.
Do what you need to do for the little ones, feel what you need to feel and get the help that is needed to get through this hard period in life.
Do not get caught up in the frenzy of gift giving and spending oodles of money unless you can afford it. Overspending only adds to stress.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on Christmas decorations and gifts.
Use both your time and your money wisely on what’s most important to you and your loved ones and you’ll have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Crank up the holiday’ tunes and then nestle up on the couch and watch your favorite Christmas Movie.
Get crafty if that’s your thing and come up with something cute but inexpensive. Cut back on fancy decorations and make some decorations yourself.
These Winter Art Projects are lots of fun.
Think about what you really want to do and what sounds like fun. What will help you create those wonderful memories that will last a lifetime? Make those things a priority and then work in the rest if and where it makes sense.
Check out these Orange County, California Holiday Activities. Some are free and all are great.
Avoid the trap of expecting everything to be perfect.
It isn’t about perfection, gourmet food, and color-coordinated ornaments.
The holiday season is about sharing memories and a special time of the year with our loved ones.
The holidays are about making new memories and being a family enjoying Christmas together.
Embrace coziness, happiness, and love.
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