3 Ways to Deal with Toxic Family Over the Holidays

toxic family holidays austin therapyAh, the holidays! That time of year when families and loved ones come together to celebrate the season. But for anyone with toxic family members, the holidays can be one giant eye roll, or worse.

You feel obligated to attend events, even though you’d rather be doing literally anything else. Maybe it’s so bad you’re debating cutting certain people or gatherings out of your life completely.

If you or someone you know is dreading an upcoming holiday but are still planning to attend, here are 3 tips to get through it with your sanity intact:

 

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How To Stop Wishing Your Life Away

mindfulness present in lifeEver feel like you’re wishing your life away? Maybe you’re dealing with lots of deadlines, mountains of work, problems with a child, or looking forward to being
done with something difficult. Or maybe you’re excited about an upcoming
graduation, event, or something fun that’s further down the road.

It’s totally fine to look ahead, especially when we’re dealing with things we don’t
want to, but it gets sticky when we’re constantly in a state of wanting to fast forward our lives. Suddenly you look around and go, I can’t believe another year
has passed, where did it go?! I’ve heard from a lot of brides, who spend months planning their wedding, report the actual day itself was a blur because they were so busy, the whole thing felt like a whirlwind. It becomes a bit of a letdown, sometimes even disappointing. That can turn into the kind of disappointment that lingers.

When we’re always looking forward to the next “thing”, whether good or bad, we
tend to miss all the cool, little things happening in our daily lives. What is the simplest way to stop wishing your life away? 

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How to Stop Feeling Guilty about Self-Care

Self-Care
Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword in the last few years. You keep hearing over and over how important it is, even how essential it is. You know you need to do it, but there’s this part of you that feels guilty about it. It seems selfish and indulgent. Who has time for that? I’ve got things that need to be handled, too many things on my to-do list to stop and take a bubble bath.

Why is self-care important?

The reason it’s so important is that when you don’t take time for self-care, you’ll actually perform worse.

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3 Ways To Manage Anxiety

Do you tend to often feel anxious? Maybe you find yourself with the familiar feeling of anxiety but don’t know how to get past it. Here are three quick tips to help you manage your anxiety more effectively.

Check The Present Moment

Reduce anxiety AustinAnxiety is a future oriented state. Typically we are worried something bad will happen, or someone will have a negative evaluation of us, or we’ll fail. Therefore, we’re on high alert for threat. From an evolutionary standpoint, anxiety has been extraordinarily useful to us humans. Anxiety allows us to be vigilant for possible danger it and it helps us to plan ahead for what might happen next. Yet, left unchecked, high anxiety feels uncomfortable, can actually paralyze us from taking action, and has a negative impact on mental and physical health. Continue reading “3 Ways To Manage Anxiety”