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As we go into the holidays, now is a great time to take a fresh look at boundaries; why we have them, and how they can be both kind and loving. Here's a video on boundaries from one of my favorite social workers, authors, and researchers, Brene Brown.

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Let's Keep the Party Going

December is always a busy month, filled with travel, gifts and holiday parties. Before we know it, the month and the 11 months that precede it are over and we are faced with another year, filled with the unknown, both positives and negatives.

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Holiday Boundaries

The holidays inevitably seem to test our boundaries, particularly with family members. It can be so difficult deciding which set of family members/friends to spend your holiday with, or if your like me, wondering if you should try to make multiple stops throughout the day to try to please everyone.  This can be especially difficult for children of divorce.

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Conquering The Holidays

I don’t know about you, but there is a very big dialectic that occurs for me when the holidays come around every year. The dialectic is one of like and dislike. Don’t get me wrong, I love tradition, shopping, family, friends, and parties, and at the same time all of those things can be extremely overwhelming. The holidays are busy and wrought with expectations that can be difficult to attain. I have found these few tips to be very helpful when navigating the holidays.

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A Very Helpful List for the Holidays...Check It Twice!

The holidays...reunions, spending time with those relatives you haven't seen all year, copious amounts of food and department store lines as far as the eye can see. Although this time of year is by far one of our favorites, it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. Like when your mother awakens you from your much needed restful slumber at 7am to "come look at the tree!" or your find yourself glued to the stove for hours cooking meals for countless family members (how the heck are we related to these people, anyway?).

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Addiction​, Recovery and The Holidaze

The 'Holidaze' are a stressful time; full of pent up emotions and often resulting in very intense interactions between family members and those we are closest to. For those in addiction/recovery, the holidaze, may mean a tenuous time filled with the possibility of relapse. According to the following article by Carole Bennett, The 4 Most Common Causes of Addiction Relapse, she identifies boredom and fear as 2 of the 4 main reasons for relapse during the holidaze. 

Vinitha Pastor's picture

Take Time to Relax

When I arrived at my office this morning, I did what most people normally do: turn on the computer and check my e-mail. It was interesting to me this morning, that I pulled up an e-mail from Behavioral Tech, an organization founded by Marsha Linehan, who developed DBT. This article focused on muscle relaxation. During a week where stress was probably at an all-time high, to find this article was needless to say, ironic. The article guides you through exactly how to relax your body, and how it helps not only when you are really anxious, but also when things are more or less okay.

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