Food for Thought: Less Stress for the Holidays

By Camille Keithbrg_logo_stacked

With the holidays approaching there are many things to look forward to, but this can also be a busy time of year for many people. How can you focus on enjoying time with family and friends instead of feeling stressed?

Enjoy the moment. Try to focus on the activity you are doing now, instead of worrying about the next thing you have to do.

Remember the reason you are doing things. Enjoy your time with the people you care about, instead of worrying about hosting a “perfect” event.

Choose where to put your energy. Not sure whether something is important or not? Consider what the alternative is. If I decide to buy a pie instead of making it from scratch, is anyone going to care? You get to choose which option is best for you.

Practice gratitude. Remember that Thanksgiving is about more than just eating good food. Take some time to reflect on what you have to be grateful for in your life.

Practice self-care. When we get busy we often forget to take care of ourselves. Try to get enough sleep, eat balanced meals, and find some time for exercise. When we take care of our physical health, we have more energy to do the things we want to do.

Ask for help. Recognize when you start feeling overwhelmed. Talking to a friend can help. Need an outside perspective? Counseling can help you clarify your values and feel empowered by the choices you are making.

Not sure if counseling is right for you? I offer free 30 minute consultations so we can discuss your goals and decide if we want to work together.

Camille Keith, MS, NCC is an LPC Intern supervised by Tara Sanderson, PsyD, MBA and provides counseling for caregivers and healers. For more information, call (971) 295-1547 or visit