Christmas holiday pressures

Coping with holiday cheer: How to manage Christmas holiday pressures

Jingle Bells is often accompanied by the unwelcomed reminder of the crippling stress of spending money, family expectations, social events, and painful memories — but there are strategies to help cope with the pressure of the holidays. A major cause for holiday-induced stress is the pressure of high expectations put …


The holidays away from home can still be merry and bright

There is something surreal about hearing “White Christmas” playing in a mall when it’s plus 35 degrees Celsius outside. That disconnect for my first holiday season far away from home made me wish, more than anything, to be on a plane back to Canada. Sudden bursts of homesickness are not …