“It’s the most wonderful DREADFUL time of the year!”
A few years ago, that’s how I felt about the holidays. It was not always so. Used to be I was the holiday’s biggest fan. As soon as the Halloween candy hit the grocery store shelves, I’d feel a pang of excitement that lasted right up until my hangover on New Year’s Day.
Turkey. Stuffing. Green bean casserole. Gaudy Christmas lights. Johnny Mathis’ velvety voice on the radio. Watching “A Christmas Story” on a loop. Frenzied Christmas shopping! Presents! Christmas cookies! I loved it all!
But when I began dealing with a chronic pelvic pain issue, my holiday joy turned to holiday dread. At the first whiff of Halloween candy a cloud of anxiety would settle over me. What was once a thrilling time of the year became a time of stress, frustration, disappointment, and resentment. Not to mention jacked up pain levels.
The good news is that with some trial and error, I’ve come to once again embrace the holiday season. In fact, my holiday love affair is stronger than ever now because of all the lessons I was forced to learn.
In this blog post, I’m going to share how I got my holiday mojo back. But because stress around the holidays is such a big topic, one that many folks, whether they’re dealing with a health issue or not, deal with, I decided to call on a professional to weigh in: Erica Marchand, Ph.D. and licensed psychologist.
Hating the Holidays
Before I get into how I learned to embrace the holiday season again, let me first explain why I soured on it.
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