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How to deal with stress triggers during the festive season

19 December 2018 12:27 PM
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Festive Season
Christmas
Family
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Trauma
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Does Xmas remind you of debt, death, divorce or difficult family relationships? Here's how to survive and protect your wellbeing.

The holiday season isn't filled with 'Christmas cheer' for everyone.

Read: How to make Christmas less of a burden (and more of a blessing)

The festive season can be very triggering for a number of reasons, explains clinical psychologist Cassandra Govender.

The holiday season can be a reminder of financial strain, family conflict, divorce, grief, childhood trauma, and other emotional struggles.

Also read: How to get through the holidays when grief-stricken

Govender says stress and anxiety around the holiday period is a valid experience amid the celebrations and excessive spending.

She advises that those who are struggling should talk about their feelings with someone they trust, create new family traditions over the festive season and practice giving in honour of late loved ones.

Read more: How to get through awkward family dynamics this holiday

A lot of people don't know that it's okay if they're struggling or unhappy at this time. It's allowed.

Cassandra Govender, clinical psychologist

There are difficult family relationships, divorce or families that have broken up and loss.

Cassandra Govender, clinical psychologist

Govender shared her expert advice and callers opened up about their personal struggles over the holiday season.

Listen to the in-depth discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How to deal with stress triggers during the festive season


19 December 2018 12:27 PM
Tags:
Festive Season
Christmas
Family
Emotions
Trauma
wellbeing
triggers

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