Tis the season to be jolly!
As we enter the season of Advent leading up to Christmas, we can find ourselves under all sorts of strains as well as excitement.
We have just experienced the ‘delights’ of Black Friday but Christmas and the run up to it can be fraught with pressures – on family, on relationships, on finances.
During the year, we may cope with the pressures of daily life and be able to push down any feelings we might have, but the intensity of being together at Christmas can be the tinderbox that lights, causing arguments and discord.
Family – past difficulties can be highlighted at Christmas. How we apportion our holiday time might be a pressure. Unresolved issues or memories may be surfacing and causing discomfort or sadness.
Relationships – our partnerships can come under great strain as we navigate the Christmas minefield. Small cracks may become large fissures and the relationship that is breaking down can become more obvious. Many people access counselling after holidays and Christmas is no exception.
Finance – the financial pressure at this time of year can be immense with all sorts of tempting offers out there which can be difficult to refuse. The pressure to buy on credit can be intense but the paying back takes time and. Of course, money, which we may not be able to spare.
This may be giving a bleak picture. For many, Christmas is a blessed time, with the opportunity to be with family and friends and having fun. But if it’s not, you may feel you need some support.
Counselling can offer that support. The chance to talk through the difficulties or challenges you are currently experiencing may help you see them more clearly and enable you to make decisions about your life moving forward into the New Year.
Christmas comes but once a year but counselling is available all year round, short-term or long-term, whatever you might need. It will cost you some time and money but the outcome?
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