The Holidays Are Quickly Approaching!

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Although the holiday season is supposed to make you feel merry and generous, for many people the stress that goes along with the holidays can trigger sadness and depression. This time of year is especially difficult for those people because there is an expectation of being merry and happy, so people compare their own emotions to what they assume others are experiencing and what they should be experiencing.

There are many things that can add to the stress and tough emotions during the holiday season:

  • Finances. Not having enough or the fear of not having enough money to be able to buy gifts for family and friends. When you can’t afford to celebrate it can feel devastating.
  • Stress. The stress comes from finding time to go shopping or planning family dinners, when you are already overwhelmed with work and the kids.
  • Loneliness. Even though the holidays brings families and friends together, there are those who may not have anyone to spend the holidays with.
  • Grief. For those who have lost a loved one, this may be the first holiday they are spending without that person.
  • Divorce. If you are recently divorced, the holidays may remind you of the good times you spent together. It can also be stressful for adult children who may have to balance seeing both parents.
  • Pleasing. Deciding what to get who and how much to spend on everyone can make you feel guilty, like you aren’t doing enough for everyone.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many people experience the blues during gloomy weather due to decreased sunlight, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

There are many measures you can take to cope with the holiday blues, for example:

  • Make plans in advance
  • Get shopping done early
  • Make time to rest and rejuvenate
  • Spend time alone to reflect and grieve
  • Reach out to others who may be experiencing the same emotions

If you feel the stress and depression creeping up along with the holidays, call us for help before you get too entangled in stress and difficult emotions that comes with the holiday season! (813)244-1251

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Giving Vs. Getting Gifts

giftsAhh, the joys of the holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or any other tradition, gift giving is a common theme. But what is more rewarding? Giving or receiving a gift? There is tangible value in getting those expensive diamond earrings you have been waiting on. But there is an intrinsic reward for giving those same earrings knowing that the recipient will show gratitude, love, and will reinforce you for buying them. The gifts don’t have to be expensive however to experience this same dilemma. Parents sometimes swoon over the noodle necklace, or holiday ornament so beautifully made by their children at school. But they also look forward to the face of the child who so patiently (and I say this within context) waited for that new tablet. Gifts can also be very thoughtful and particular. A friend may receive a beautiful card and sentimental piece that warms the heart, confirming what was already understood to be a close bond between the two comrades. And then for some, however, gift giving can be a very depressing subject. You may repeatedly get the “wrong gift” for others, or may just not enjoy spending so much money! You may hate the hassle of having to return things that just were not necessary for you to have.

Star Point wants to hear from you. Do you receive more happiness and joy from giving a gift, or from receiving one? Do you enjoy the idea of giving gifts during the holidays, or does it put a sour taste in your mouth? Comment below!

For information on mental health counseling in the Tampa Bay area visit our website at http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com or http://www.starpointcounselingbrandon.com .

Reducing Harmful Family Conflicts

The holiday season can bring about harmful family conflicts that lead to resentment and dysfunctional relationships. Although the idea is to become closer to family, the financial and emotional stress can be significant during this time.

Here at Star Point Counseling in Brandon and Tampa We aim to help you to identify specific family dynamics that compromise the quality of home life for parents and children. We encourage strong, loving, high functioning, and spiritually grounded family lifestyles.

Without pointing the finger of blame, shame, or chastisement, we identify the factors that may contribute to a break down in communication in the home. We identify and resolve such factors as triangulation, enmeshment, co-dependency, addiction, defiance, ineffective parenting practices, and other stress factors that challenge and compromise the well being of your family system.

Holidays and the Family

With the holidays fast approaching, many families begin to feel financial, emotional, and interpersonal stress. Here at Star Point Counseling we have trained professionals to help families during these hard times.

We help you to identify specific family dynamics that compromise the quality of home life for parents and children. We encourage strong, loving, high functioning, and spiritually grounded family lifestyles.

Without pointing the finger of blame, shame, or chastisement, we identify the factors that may contribute to a break down in communication in the home. We identify and resolve such factors as triangulation, enmeshment, co-dependency, addiction, defiance, ineffective parenting practices, and other stress factors that challenge and compromise the well being of your family system.

If you find that you or your family may need help in some of these areas give us a call and make an appointment. We will try to get you in on the same day that you call!

Happy Monday.