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Celebrating the holidays without losing your mind: Advice from Professor Laura Armstrong

There’s something about the end-of-the-year holidays: they can make us lose our minds by mid-December. Fortunately, Laura Armstrong, assistant professor at the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality, agreed to share with us some helpful advice so we can enjoy this time of year in peace.

1. Find meaning: “Engage in activities that are meaningful to you. It can be spending quality time with the people you love, exercising or, why not? – giving yourself a break by doing mindfulness meditation.”

2. Do less: “The holidays are often anxiety-provoking. There is the pressure to buy, to entertain, to see family members with whom we may not have the greatest relationships, and so on. Not to mention the depressant effects of alcohol and all the overeating. You need to set and, above all, respect your budgetary and emotional limits.”

3. Do good: “Helping those in need reduces stress and anxiety. Giving to others is a way of being good to yourself.”

Keep calm.
It’s Christmas, not the end of the world.

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