Beyond Resolutions: Self Care in the New Year and managing post-holiday stress

Beyond Resolutions: Self Care in the New Year and managing post-holiday stress


Now that 2023 has begun, Dirkse Counseling and Consulting has a few tips for managing post-holiday stress. We have a growing counseling practice, so I spoke with Professional Counseling Associate Chris Perry:

What are some good strategies for handling post-holiday blues?

While we tend to have more family obligations over the holidays, make sure that you make the time to schedule something that you love just for you. If it is making sure that you sit down to catch your favorite game, take a bath, or eat at your favorite restaurant.


Do you have suggestions for avoiding isolation after an expensive holiday season?

I remember over the past few years, when we weren’t able to meet people face to face, I participated in several online board game sessions. If you don’t have the money to go out, we have this tool of virtual meeting that culturally we all know how to use, so make the most of it.


Are there resources that are easy to access?

If people are struggling, they can contact:

  • Oregon Youth Hotline at 1-877-968-8491 or Text Chat: teen2teen – 839863
  • National Suicide Prevention 24-hour Lifeline at 800-273-8255
  • Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860 or Chat/Text Options:


How can counseling be beneficial for anyone and everyone?

Counseling is an opportunity to be heard. Even those of us with the most attentive partner need to realize that they have their own worries and concerns, having an hour that is all about helping you be seen as a complete individual is supportive, restorative, and useful for us all.


By Kristi Metschan. For more info about our mission & programs, call Glenn Bishop: (503)-265-9256 or email