Wednesday 8 January 2020

Tips on how to deal with trauma and drama of the holiday season

The next holiday is just around the corner so if the last did not go too well, please read my tips below and listen to my podcast on how homeopathy can support you mentally and emotionally but also help relieve the physical impact stressors might have on your health. For example; headache/migraines, digestive upsets, skin flare ups, sleeping issues etc.

 Christmas equals family, love, peace, happiness, joy, prosperity, sense of security. Or, does it??
 Unfortunately for many the holiday season is not as merry as it should be. People are "thrown together" often for days and are supposed to be happy and loving. In reality these exact same people have been avoiding each other all year. Truth is that many clients experience this "intense family time" as disappointing, stressful and even traumatic. Old hurts, trauma and grief are re triggered and health problems re surface which had seemed to be under control. Relived trauma makes us feel helpless and stuck.

Here are some suggestions how to maneuver your way through these challenges:
  • Create new traditions for yourself so you in future you have new memories and assosiations with Christmas
  • Acknowledge your past experience but then make a conscious decision to be present in the NOW and look forward to the future
  • For when negative emotions are triggered (e.g. being around certain people and their behaviour, comments, actions) have a go to thought, or action which will bring you back to the now. For example: Remove yourself, play a certain song (have it saved and ready to play), repeat an affirmation over and over again in your mind, visualize letting go, forgiving, loving yourself or practice mindfulness or breathing techniques which you can use when needed
Then also remember that a homeopathic follow up might be very helpful to aid you back to a state of well being and help you overcome the pent up anger and indignation, grief of experiencing you first Christmas without a special person, hurt, guilt, pain rejection, disappointment from family. Don't underestimate how a mental and emotional experience can be the driver of physical symptoms such as: sleeping issues, migraines, digestive upsets, skin flare ups, joint and back pain to name a few of the common problems.

Be kind and loving and respectful towards yourself and others. Life is too short to survive through it. You deserve to live it!