Overcoming the Holiday Hysteria


Growing up as a child of the 70’s and 80’s, the holidays seemed to hold their own – each separate in its own specific way.  Yet as we inch farther and farther into the 21st century the once prominent lines separating Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to be blurring into one frenzied holiday season.

I admit that I myself have allowed this happen, having adopted the tradition of doing almost all of my Christmas shopping the day after Halloween.  While this “tradition” as I now call it, was founded under the premise of freeing myself up to truly enjoy the season, what actually transpired was a snowball effect; each year devoting more time and more energy to holiday duties that were once skillfully accomplished in a matter of days not weeks. 

So what does this blurring of lines mean?  For many, myself included, it means struggling to balance the demands of shopping, parties, family obligations and house guests while maintaining a sense of sanity.

By and large, the holiday season contributes to feelings of being overwhelmed and increased tension, which is why learning holiday stress management techniques is so important.

According to Kate Kusterbeck of the EarthMind Wellness Center at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, “The heightened stress levels that accompany the holidays can cause chemicals changes within the brain, contributing to depression, anxiety, phobias and even panic attacks.”

“The effects of holiday stress can be overwhelming” continues Kusterbeck, “which is why the EarthMind Wellness Center is offering a Holiday Stress Management workshop on Saturday, December 7thfrom 2:00PM – 4:00PM.”

To learn more about this fantastic opportunity contact Kate at 845.210.3143 or visit the EarthMind Wellness Center online at www.earthmindwellness.com.