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SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Hey there everyone!

 

It's almost the end of the year and for many people that can mean holidays (this might mean a break from school, uni, or work). And holidays means you might be going away, seeing family, singing merry songs and drinking hot cocoa, right?

 

Well... no. Holidays can be a very stressful time for many, it can remind them of what they might have lost, or what they don't have. It can put all this pressure on people to be happy. It mightn't even be a holiday for many. And yet the blaring of Christmas songs and advertisements encouraging holiday spirit in the public can paint a different picture

 

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So this week, starting Monday we'll be discussing what holidays are like for us and what we can do to cope during tough times in our SLOW-MO GR. Everyone has unique experiences and we would love to hear yours so we can support each other and feel heard Smiley Happy

 

Each day we'll be posting a new question, so keep an eye out if you're keen to join in!

 

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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first day of the SLOW-MO GR! Today's question is:

Are you looking forward to the holiday season? Why/why not? What are your favourite and/or least favourite things about the holidays?

 

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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Are you looking forward to the holiday season? Why/why not? What are your favourite and/or least favourite things about the holidays?

I'll start off the chat, yes I am looking forward to the holiday season this year! Holidays for me are a huge break from the chaos of school and work. I tend to stay at home and relax, rather than going out a lot. That's my fav part of the holidays, just getting some time to recharge and not worry about other things. 

 

My least favourite thing is the expectation that you spend your holidays productively. I feel like with the extra free time we get, society kinda expects us to use it "wisely". A part of me also wants to use my time doing "useful" things, such as cleaning/reorganising my room, cooking all the time, going out all the time, etc. Whilst its important to do things like exercising and maintaining my health, it's totally valid for me to spend my holidays not doing a lot. I don't think I should feel pressured to do "productive" activities just because I have more free time. 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Yay! I'm excited for this chat Smiley Very Happy

 

 

Are you looking forward to the holiday season? Why/why not? What are your favourite and/or least favourite things about the holidays?

Technically I'm already on holidays now lol Smiley LOL I mean yes I do like the break from uni and look after myself more. But eventually I end up a bit bored.. My favourite thing is being able to hang out with my friend more. And my least favourite thing is not being able to distract myself by keeping busy

 

Oh I totally agree with you @featuringme, I hate that expectation that we should be productive. Often I find I'm less productive if that pressure is there haha

 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

I definitely have mixed feelings about the holidays! Christmas is a time when families and friends get together to celebrate, and that is one of the reasons why I love this season - to be able to surround myself with the people I love. But sometimes, seeing all your family and relatives can be overwhelming, especially if you are like me who travels back home only once a year!

 

We all know that relatives love to ask questions on how life has been, be it school, relationships, or work. It may feel daunting and possibly even pressurizing to need to feel accomplished or successful in various aspects of life. I just wanted to remind everyone that it is okay to not feel joyous and happy all the time during the holiday season. We have all been through and overcome difficult challenges this past year, and it is absolutely acceptable if we feel the need to have some personal space or indulge in some self-care, even during Christmas Smiley Happy

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

Hi guys!! I hope you're having a great start to the week Smiley LOL Welcome to day two of our slow-mo GR Heart

 

Today's questions are:

What does holiday stress mean to you? What can it look like? How can the holidays put extra strain on things people are already struggling with (e.g. family, finance, wellbeing, relationships)?

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Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

@featuringme I absolutely love your perspective on the holidays! It is quite crazy how you spend a whole year working and studying and when you're given a break it is full with activities, celebrations and completing filling up your time! Don't get me wrong, I love the holiday season but I can often forget to stop and have a break, and to use it for my rest time Smiley LOL

I am a sucker for a good clean up and re-organisation of my room, so I am all for your plans there haha! I feel a lot of people will be relieved reading your comment, it is a reminder that it is okay to have a break and sometimes do nothing Smiley Happy 

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

What does holiday stress mean to you? What can it look like? How can the holidays put extra strain on things people are already struggling with (e.g. family, finance, wellbeing, relationships)?

 

For me, holiday stress looks like worrying about where I am in life and the holidays always seems to make spending time with family a bit strained for me. I guess because we're seeing so much of each other and I feel there is this pressure to show people how much you care about them with gifts or going to a lot of effort to arrange something. There can be that lack of routine which means sleep can get a bit irregular for me I guess. I've been getting into more arguments with my mum lately over christmas stuff lol. And not wanting to see certain extended family but feeling forced. I guess I can see how holidays can put extra pressure to have perfect relationships and spend money on things you might not need.

 

^obviously not true haha- people show they care about others in many different ways it's not about the gifts!

Re: SLOW-MO GR: Coping with holiday stress (14th to 18th of December)

HI GUYS - Robot Happy

Hoping that we are all having a great week, and getting into that festive spirit or holiday mood ! Robot Very Happy

 

Today's questions will be:

  • What are some strategies you will use to cope with stress during the festive season?
  • Do you have any holiday-specific self-care ideas?

 

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