Managing Holiday Stress

Holiday Stress

We are just two weeks shy of our annual dosage of holiday stress.  Just the thought of it may make our pulses race, give us feelings of anxiety and make us short tempered. For so many the holidays are a season filled with expectations.   Expectations not only of ourselves but of our family and friends.

FamilyAffaires.com Contributor, Dr. Dan Gottlieb explains how expectations cause suffering.  Dr. Dan defines stress as wanting or needing the moment your are in to be different.  Think about the holidays. Many are wanting their families to be different or their experiences to be different.

If we learn to BE in the moment we could reduce much of our stress.  Dr. Dan is challenging all of us to go into this holiday season to take a risk by being open to possibilities and by removing all expectations of ourselves and others.  Can you do it?

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About Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been practicing psychology since 1969.Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been hosting “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. He has also previously published a total of four books. His most recent, “The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child,”. In it, Dan tells of some of the remarkable insights shared by his grandson Sam who is on the autism spectrum. All of his royalties are donated to children’s charities. Dan is also a contributor to the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation.

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