Holiday Stress

Sticky situation: A Family Survival Guide for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Probably like most of us, your family is not close to perfect like George Bailey's. It probably is closer to one of the three Modern Family families or the Griswolds. To avoid getting wrapped up in garlands, here's your family survival guide for the holidays.

10 Tips To Avoid the Family Holiday Meltdown

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The holidays are filled with social gatherings, family dinners and opportunities to connect and share the joy of the season. But with this festive season also come land mines that are within every family -- all this togetherness can sometimes backfire. So, how do we avoid this meltdown? Here are some tips to assist you in keeping the family peace during the holidays.

15 Tips for Managing a Divorce Over Christmas

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Children may worry they are being disloyal if they start to have too much fun with one parent. They also worry about the parent that they are not with, wondering if that parent is okay. Sometimes they just deeply miss the parent they are not with. The familiar traditions may be gone and this can leave the children feeling as though something or someone is missing.

How to Help Your Kids Relax this December

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

While the holiday season is often depicted as a special time of year -- so much so that many people strive to make their holidays "perfect" -- the reality is that the happiness that is widely portrayed can often be a myth for people across Canada, including young people.

The Present is a Gift: The Benefits of Being Mindful

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Driving. Eating. Cooking. Brushing our teeth. Applying lipstick. Even, having sex! Most of the things we do in life are done mindlessly from memory, and not actively aware. It wasn't until I took a mindfulness meditation course that I realized what we are all missing out on!

How to Cure the Holiday Financial Hangover

Sarah Twomey | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Twomey

Have you noticed that every holiday season, the pressure builds as everyone rushes around buying too much stuff before the Big Day? Then our festive bubble bursts just after New Year's when they announce how much new debt everyone has incurred. And then just as suddenly, the talk turns to RSPs and taxes. The collective anxiety is enough to give everyone a massive ulcer.

10 Tips to Survive the Holidays

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Are you dreading the holidays? Do you always end up more tired and stressed after? Do you need a holiday from your holiday? Here are 10 tips to survive the holidays.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

As a community nurse I've heard stories from families who, instead of checking items off shopping lists and going to holiday parties, were taking someone to multiple medical appointments. Or, they were worried and asking me how to keep their mom calm and comfortable at the busy family gathering as her dementia was taking hold.

When "Family Holiday Culture" Gets in the Way of "Me Time"

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

"Family-Holiday Culture" has a massive influence on us. We are genetically and socially programmed to seek out being a part of this culture. But what if the group or the family culture we belong to, especially at holiday time, causes us pain, worry, fear, sadness, guilt, shame, rage, and most importantly the loss of our own "Self-Culture," our authentic relaxed self?

How to Survive the Holidays With Kids: Top 5 Tips For Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The festive season, not surprisingly, can be one that causes anxiety for many of us who are trying to balance parenting along with all of the other responsibilities. The good news is that there are ways for parents to alleviate the stresses that are a very real part of the holidays. By following the tips below, you can survive the festive season with the kids -- and even enjoy them as well.

Christmas Is Not About Giving -- It's About Receiving

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

If Christmas means giving more and more of myself so that I become less and less of me, then I'll take a pass, thanks. No, instead I intend on receiving Christmas this year. I want Christmas to wash over me in all its glory. This year, I want to focus on accepting the priceless gift of Christmas.

7 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Sex Life

Petra Zebroff | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Living
Petra Zebroff

A cocktail or glass of wine can help us to relax and even feel a little sexier. But does it actually result in better sex?

How I Gave Up Stress for Christmas

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

The Christmas season was much different for me this year. I had another operation in mid-November, which was necessary and related to my reconstruction, but a blessing at the same time. It gave me the time leading up to the holidays to recover, de-stress and relax.

How to S.N.A.P. into Holiday Fun!

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

It's the holidays! For some of us, getting to a sense of fun and joy at this time of year is easy. For others, rather than "Yipee, what fun!" you might be thinking "Bah, humbug!" Here's a little holiday acronym to help you S.N.A.P. into Holiday Fun!

Can Christmas Teach Us to Live in the Now?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

The Christmas season is a time when our focus narrows to a shorter time-frame. Right now, we're all preparing for what happens between now and December 31. Maybe Christmas is a good time to practice living more in the present, being fully there at those gatherings of family and friends.

How to Overcome Stress Over the Holidays

Danielle Mika Nagel | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle Mika Nagel

The holidays are a time where we can recognize and appreciate the beautiful people in our lives. Families and friends make time to get together and it can also be a time to reflect on the past year. However, many of us may find it stressful dealing with all the activities and crowds. Stay calm this season by taking the following steps:

Think You've Grown Spiritually? Go Home for the Holidays.

Jane Siberry | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada Living
Jane Siberry

Are your family gatherings like Norman Rockwell paintings or Picasso portraits? If they're the latter, you may find these tips helpful.

Celebrating Looming Holiday Stress

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Why are looming holidays a time of such stress? This is an issue that's hard to assess. It could be the flu that's making us stew, but are there some other good grounds for distress?