LAFAYETTE – Perhaps it’s the shopping.
It could be the extra time spent with extended family.
Maybe you’ve never had a pleasant time during the holidays.
Whatever it may be, Stress levels can often go through the roof this time of year, and it could stem from almost anything.
“We have a lot of things going on. There’s a lot of family stuff going on,” says Jessica Moody, a therapist for Victory Addiction Recovery Center in Lafayette, “Sometimes it’s the first holiday where a loved one isn’t going to be joining us because they’ve passed. That can bring up a lot of bad memories.”
Moody has seen first hand what added holiday stress can do to her patients.
Explains Moody, “If it’s the first holiday, say for our patients – they’re in recovery – they may have a lot of memories from when they were using. They’re also typically surrounded by situations where they were either using drugs and alcohol, or there’s a lot of them available.”
However, Moody says that stress can affect anybody. That’s why it’s important to take a proactive approach to stress, attacking it before it attack you.
“I always encourage people to check their expectations as well,” says Moody, “Sometimes we have expectations that are super high. Everything’s going to be perfect and realizing that sometimes it’s okay if things don’t go perfectly.”
Many people can handle the stress that the holidays bring. That’s okay.
Some people can not, and that’s okay too. And if the stress is to the point where you feel helpless, as Moody points out, there are a variety of safe places you can turn to.
“There’s always counseling available, if somebody needs something a little more in depth as well,” adds Moody, “Support groups can be great. Faith communities are another place to look for more support. But a lot of times people have it in their own families and friend groups.”