In Eugene Therapy's last newsletter, we touched on the topic of holiday stress and discussed how to manage tough relationships, familial roles, and more. This month, we delve a little deeper into a handful of common problems that surface during the holidays. If you find any of these topics familiar, you certainly aren't alone. Many others just like you struggle with one or more of these issues. We hope that you find our tips useful!

Problem #1: An Abundance of Alcohol

For many families, alcohol is a traditional accompaniment to the fine dining and good company that characterizes the holiday season. Many enjoy sipping on a glass of wine with dinner or drinking a beer while watching a football game. But what do you if you or someone you know struggles with alcoholism or substance abuse? Here are a few ideas:

Problem #2: Money Management

One of the greatest stressors of the holiday season is that of money management. Just about everyone is shelling out much more cash than usual, and a tight wallet often leads to a bit of anxiety! To ease your financial burden during this time of gift-giving, try implementing these tips:

Problem #3: Achieving A Work - Life Balance

It can be a challenge for professionals -- especially working parents -- to find a healthy balance between work and family life during this time of the year. The holiday season is a hectic one, with school vacations, gift shopping, decorating, baking, and more -- and working long hours only adds to the commotion. Do you struggle to achieve a healthy work - life balance? Time management might be your problem. Try this:

Problem #4: Procrastination

It happens to the best of us! As we mentioned before, the holidays are a busy time. You're juggling many more responsibilities than usual, and it's normal to feel overwhelmed. Often times, we avoid feeling stressed by shirking the items on our to-do list for as long as possible. In other words, we procrastinate! A great tip for procrastinators is to take baby steps: do a little bit of prep work now, and there won't be so much to do later! Give these steps a try:

Whether you battle time management, money management, procrastination, substance abuse, overworking yourself or another issue entirely, it's important to remember that the holidays are meant to be a time of joy, excitement, love, and generosity. Regardless of what struggles you face this season, we hope that you all use the true meaning of this time of year to keep your outlook positive and your spirits high!