Some people happily get ready for the season, while others lose their enjoyment because they’re anxious about family reunions, feeling financially stressed, or thinking too much into the details of vacation functions.
Texas Wants to Know started looking for advice on how to manage the stress of the holiday season.
“A turkey could get burned, someone could fall and break an arm, the Dallas Cowboys could lose, or whatever,” said the director of the University of Texas Medical School’s Center for Violence Prevention. Dr. Jeff Temple said: He said. “Things won’t be perfect. Being flexible and adaptable is very important to weather the pressures of the holiday season.”
And while some of the pressures are self-imposed, such as the need to make sure the home looks perfect before guests arrive, other pressures may lie beneath the surface.
Janet Dominguez, lead mental health counselor at Parkland Health, said, “We know these will bring up some difficult memories and difficult triggers.” As you know that preparation, I know this date is approaching, and I know this date may bring some grief.
For tips on how to manage your emotions while on vacation, listen to this week’s episode of Texas Wants to Know on the Audacy app or wherever you listen to podcasts.