This time of year comes with mixed feelings, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Kwanza, Chanukah, the Summer or Winter Solstice, a family holiday, or simply the end of another calendar year, looking forward to a well-deserved break.
There are excitement and expectations galore, but certainly also some negative stress: feeling overwhelmed, pressured, dreading the pending loneliness many of us feel, experiencing a sense of obligation, anxiety about finding gifts, crowded stores, financial worry, not having enough time, family dysfunction, and so on.
Our main challenge is that we sometimes have unreasonably high expectations of our holidays, especially the year-end one! This holiday has to fulfil a year’s worth of neglecting our work-life balance and be the complete rebalance, rejuvenation, rest and recovery period!
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