A Hopeful Holiday Season with Hypnosis for Therapy
As the year winds down and holiday decorations make their way onto store shelves, reality starts to set in. The wonder and cheer of the holiday season is upon us, but the spirit just feels different now. This time of year isn’t like what we see on commercials—it can provoke anxiety, worries, depression, and other mental health concerns. These are very real feelings and bouts, and feeling this way is much more common than you may realize: 64% of people with mental conditions report that it gets worse during the holidays. With Thanksgiving nearing, we’d like to take a moment to explore the impact of this season and how hypnosis for therapy can ease mental health concerns.
Does Thanksgiving Look Like This for You?
Stress of Visitors or Traveling
For a season that’s marketed as the most wonderful time of the year, why is there so much stress involved? It’s a tradition for families, friends, and loved ones to gather for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. In our minds, these are our opportunities to enjoy special moments with the people we care most about. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t always turn out this way.
Your family probably has some friction. You may have a relative who openly judges you or has a habit that makes you uncomfortable. These moments combined with the pressure of hosting or anxieties of staying at a relative’s house can be overwhelming. Going into this season with the right mindset can make a world of difference.
Worries About COVID-19
What more can be said about 2020? This year has been full of surprises, disappointments, and major adjustments. Chances are, you’ve spent a birthday in quarantine or haven’t been able to celebrate a loved one’s birthday in-person for health and safety reasons. With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, it can be disheartening to think about this.
Perhaps you aren’t able to see your family this Thanksgiving like you have every year before, or maybe you have concerns about gathering. This year has been crushing, and now the holiday season, which is usually a time we can enjoy, is just another worry in a chaotic year. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Facing a Lonely Season
This is a nostalgic season for many—remembering helping your mom cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, watching football with your dad, sharing so many laughs and great conversations with your entire family around the table. Unfortunately, this holiday season looks drastically different than those in years past. You may have suffered a loss in the family, perhaps a falling out, or maybe you live far away from your loved ones now. A time of year you used to look forward to might be overwhelming.
Hypnosis for Therapy
Let’s face it: The holiday season is difficult, especially this year. Thankfully, we don’t have to go into it carrying the weight of stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy is an incredibly helpful and effective form of therapy that can shift your perspective and mindset to approach Thanksgiving and this season in a healthy way. This isn’t to say you’re not capable of that on your own—quite frankly, it means the opposite: You’ve got this. Hypnotherapy pulls out characteristics of your mind that are already there and brings them to the forefront.
Hypnotherapy is done through guided sessions designed to generate noticeable results to help you live a better life. You have a bright tomorrow in you; hypnosis for therapy is a solution to find that and make a difference in your life.
What Hypnosis for Therapy Can Help With
- Relationship Issues
- Bad Habits
- And More
Coping with the Difficulties of Thanksgiving
Dealing with Loss
Coping with grief is trying, but it is especially hard during the holidays. Depending on your circumstances, below are a few ways to handle this season:
- It’s OK to decline an invitation if it’s too emotional to go
- Surround yourself with loved ones
- Limit your visit if needed
- Honor your loved one in an appropriate way
- Start a new tradition
During holiday gatherings, children may get a bit rowdy and need some discipline, making the day more stressful. Here are some constructive ways to help occupy the kids on Thanksgiving:
- Get support from loved ones
- Get them involved in helping
- Have them share what they’re thankful for
- Lead by example
- Let them decorate the table
- Occupy them with crafts
Battling an Appetite
For someone quarreling with weight loss, Thanksgiving can be a trying time. After all, it’s a holiday centered on food. Here are a few ways to help you push through this holiday without relapsing:
- Keep your routine
- Same meals and times
- Exercise as normal if possible
- No snacking
- Ask for loving accountability
- Skip filler foods
- Drink water
- Use a small plate
- No seconds
- Fruit can be dessert
Remember, this is just another dinner. Yes, the spread is delicious, but be mindful of your portions and don’t put anything on your plate that you shouldn’t be eating.
This holiday may also be a time that’s difficult for those struggling with substances. If you’re in this situation, hopefully, these tips can help you make it through this time:
- Drink water (opposed to wine)
- Occupy your time with family
- Don’t isolate in another room
- Try to bunk with someone if possible
- Be THANKFUL
- Use this time to recognize your victories
- Confide in someone
- Maybe this is your chance to make a difference
Handling Difficult Relatives
Gathering for Thanksgiving might unearth some ugly situations. Below are a few ways to minimize the tension:
- Pick your battles
- Be friendly
- Open doors
- Help without being asked
- Healthily address conflict beforehand
- Don’t skip downtime and alone time
- No alcohol if it might be an issue
- Make a seating arrangement