Valentine’s Day conveniently falls between Christmas and March Break. For many people struggling through the cold winter, it’s a day to look forward to. Although the occasion might be a fun mid-season celebration for some, unfortunately, it can evoke feelings of exclusion and unworthiness for others.
Although the holidays are a time of good cheer, if you are struggling with addiction, it could mean greater vulnerability to experiencing a relapse. Whether you feel burdened with financial pressures, family obligations, or keeping up appearances, holiday stress can have very real consequences.
Heading into January marks a new beginning—starting fresh, making resolutions, and generally thinking about how you can improve as an individual. Like many, one of your overarching goals may be reducing stress and anxiety.
If you have experienced domestic violence firsthand, you know that it is an indescribable, unimaginable trauma to endure. But it is important to acknowledge it is not your fault.
In your everyday life, you probably deal with a loaded list of responsibilities and a relatively short window in which to fulfill them all. In my experience, this workload can lead to significant stress—not counting any stress in your home life—that results in sleepless nights, physical health concerns, and even mental health issues.