FOX 13’s The Place: A parents survival guide to the holidays

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A Parent’s Survival Guide to the Holidays

The holiday season should be a time for cheer, but sometimes for some people, it’s not. Actually, 1 in 4 people feel dread about the upcoming holiday season.

Most of the negative emotions towards the holidays comes from money, time and other social pressures such as specific gifts, levels of happiness, or etiquette.

While it may be deemed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Therapist Jessie Shepherd shares some tips on how to survive the holiday season with all of the craziness going on:

  • Stick to your budget
  • Ask these questions: Want, need, wear, read .No to all these questions, don`t buy it
  • Make a list and stick to it
  • Keep decor organized
  • Plastic Bins & only the important stuff
  • Plan ahead
  • Give yourself date markers of when things need to be done
  • Don’t compare to others
  • Do your kind of Christmas
  • Charity work
  • The holiday is not about getting
  • Don’t pretend to be happy

Photo by:
Les Anderson

Jessie Shepherd is a Mental Health Counselor and owner of Blue Clover Therapy in Utah. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. Her focus is treating trauma, eating disorders and adjustment issues in adults, adolescents, children and their families. She utilizes Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Neurological Feedback.

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