Navigating expectations during the holidays: Here’s how to do it

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Published on Dec 29, 2023 02:32 PM IST

  • From keeping an open mind to changes to allowing room for imperfections, here are a few ways to navigate expectations during the holiday season.

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The holiday season can be difficult for some people. "The holiday season often brings with it a unique blend of stress and high expectations. Many of us envision the holidays in a certain way, and when reality doesn't align with these expectations, disappointment and additional stress can ensue," wrote Therapist Carolyn Rubenstein. Here are a few ways to navigate expectations during the holidays.(Unsplash)
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Published on Dec 29, 2023 02:32 PM IST

The holiday season can be difficult for some people. “The holiday season often brings with it a unique blend of stress and high expectations. Many of us envision the holidays in a certain way, and when reality doesn’t align with these expectations, disappointment and additional stress can ensue,” wrote Therapist Carolyn Rubenstein. Here are a few ways to navigate expectations during the holidays.(Unsplash)

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We should prioritise our well-being and learn to say no to things that we are not comfortable with. (Unsplash)
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We should prioritise our well-being and learn to say no to things that we are not comfortable with. (Unsplash)

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Sometimes we may have such high expectations about the holidays that when things go a little differently, we feel sad. We should allow room for imperfections. (Unsplash)
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Sometimes we may have such high expectations about the holidays that when things go a little differently, we feel sad. We should allow room for imperfections. (Unsplash)

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We should be honest with ourselves about our ability to handle things during the holidays. We should not shy away from asking for help when needed. (Unsplash)
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We should be honest with ourselves about our ability to handle things during the holidays. We should not shy away from asking for help when needed. (Unsplash)

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We should avoid comparing our experience with that of others. We must remember that people only show the good parts and hide the imperfections. (Unsplash)
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We should avoid comparing our experience with that of others. We must remember that people only show the good parts and hide the imperfections. (Unsplash)

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Unexpected changes can occur during the holidays – we should keep a flexible mindset to adapt to sudden changes.(Unsplash)
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Unexpected changes can occur during the holidays – we should keep a flexible mindset to adapt to sudden changes.(Unsplash)

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