Written by Fernanda Barcelo, LPC-Intern
We all know the holidays can be stressful, and it’s a given that our levels of anxiety usually skyrocket come the end of November. Spending money, seeing family, traveling, planning parties, and fitting all that into your regular life plans can cause us to feel frazzled, frustrated, and exhausted. We mustn’t forget to take care of ourselves amongst the holiday frenzy, and there are simple and easy ways that can help us find some ease during this whirlwind of stress. Here are a few things you can begin to incorporate into your daily routine to hopefully make room for some peace of mind, as the end of the year approaches.
1. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
If you’ve only got a few hours after work to get fifteen errands done, try being more realistic about your To Do list. Prioritize the tasks that need to be done that day (no more than 3 to 4) and leave the ones that can wait at the bottom of the list. Tell yourself you’ll make time for the last few items the next day (or whenever you have more time) and rid yourself of guilt for not getting it all done ASAP. Instead, focus on what you did complete, and simply reorganize the following day’s tasks to accommodate for what’s left. Drop anything that doesn’t need to be done pre-holidays for when you have more time and energy.
Written by Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S
Every year we have a tree trimming party the day after Thanksgiving with my brother’s family. We all get in our pj’s to decorate the tree with holiday music, food, games, and then we all pile onto the couch to watch a Christmas movie. It’s usually Christmas Vacation, but this year we watched Elf. I love this night more than any other time all year.
The next morning, my three year old broke my heart a little. She said, “Daddy, where are the presents? There are no presents under the tree.”
It’s not even December! When did she start thinking about presents? This will be her fourth Christmas, but it’s the first one where she began to associate the holidays with getting presents. It’s a critical year. Time to reassess. How am I reinforcing this message? And this got me thinking of how we reinforce the holiday gimmee gimmee’s as a society. How can we prevent the gimmee gimmee’s from turning our sweet angel babies into greedy, bratty assholes?
Interview by Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S
Callye introduced herself to me when she was a graduate student at St. Edward's University and asked to volunteer. I'd never had a volunteer before, but she seemed so eager to learn more about the counseling field and had such a great sense of humor that I couldn't say no. Callye proved to be very resourceful and bright. She has a quick wit and never fails to crack us up (espceially at our annual karaoke holiday parties!)! When she began her practicum, having her on our counseling team was a no brainer. Now that she's graduated with her Master's and earning her clinical hours toward full licensure, she continues to provide quality clinical care and value to our team. So without further adieu, here's the interview:
What made you decide to become a counselor?
I’ve always been someone who thought a lot about life. Imagine me as that slightly weird kid trying to analyze human behavior, having 7 year old existential crises, and annoying my older brother by asking questions about death and the meaning of life. (His response? “Callye… go away.”) So as you can imagine (considering the things I thought about), I was this little ball of anxiety, desperately searching for answers in order to ground and soothe me. I have always felt acutely different from others, always on the hunt for my place in the world. And this is something I realized many other people feel too. So an underlying theme throughout my life has been this idea of seeking connection… connection with self, others, and the world on a deeper level. I believe all of these traits then led to me having a knack for helping people confront, understand, and re-examine their lives, which ideally leads them to either making changes or finding peace with their experiences.
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