With just a week to go until Christmas, many people are dealing with the hustle and bustle of the holidays..
This can lead to stress and for some, even sadness.
If you can’t wait to get together with family this festive season, take note. Just because you’re excited, doesn’t mean everyone else is.
Dr. Katy Kamkar is a Clinical Psychologist with the Canadian Association of Mental Health. She says the Christmas season can be a very difficult time for many people, “Holidays can provoke a variety of emotions including sadness, feeling lonely and unhappiness. Sometimes when we have dealt with an upsetting or traumatic experiences during past holiday season, or within the current holiday season, then we know it is going to be a very difficult time.”
Dr. Kamkar says if you have these feelings, you should seek support from loved ones.
She says sometimes the festive season can bring back bad memories, and your friends or families members may just need the support to get through into the new year.
Dr. Kamkar says you may have feelings of spinning out of control, because of how busy the Christmas season can be. From shopping, to attending parties and getting everything wrapped to go under the tree, it is all very time consuming.
“Time management is important so you feel less overwhelmed. Prioritizing, and always remember, things don’t have to be perfect to be good,” Dr. Kamkar says.