When the holidays roll around, it can be a tough time for anyone struggling with trauma. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle, and sometimes it can feel like you’re the only one not in the holiday spirit. However, trauma treatment can help you cope with the trauma you’re experiencing and get you through the holiday season. Therapy doesn’t have to stop because it’s the holidays- in fact, it can be a great time to focus on healing.
It Gives You a Place to Vent
Therapy, normally, is a great space to vent. You can let out all of the things you’ve been holding in, and finally, talk about what’s been going on for you. Plus, you have a trained therapist to help you navigate what to do next and how to cope with difficult emotions. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you should stop going to therapy- if anything, it can be a great time to focus on your healing. During the holidays, there are plenty of opportunities for triggers to arise as well. Having a place to process those trauma triggers can be really helpful in managing them and keeping them from taking over your holiday season.
It’s a Break from the Holiday Hustle and Bustle
The holidays can be overwhelming. From family get-togethers to work parties, there’s a lot going on. There are also a lot of expectations and pressure to have a good time and be in the holiday spirit. If you’re struggling with trauma, this can be a lot to handle. Going to therapy can be an opportunity to take a break from all of the holiday expectations and focus on what’s really important- you and your healing. Plus, it gives you time to process what you are feeling and what you want to do next.
It’s a Place to Practice
Therapy is a place where you can practice what to say and how to react in difficult situations. If you’re worried about triggers during the holidays, you can practice how to deal with them in a safe space with your therapist. This can help you feel more prepared and confident when you’re actually in a difficult situation. Your therapist can help you navigate setting boundaries around triggering topics with family members to finding ways to cope that work for you. Therapy can be a really helpful tool during the holidays- or any time of year.
Self-Care is Important
It’s a constant go, go go, during the holidays. It seems like there’s always something going on. Whether you are shopping for gifts, helping your family cook, or attending holiday parties, it can be hard to find time for yourself. And while it can be fun to be surrounded by loved ones, it is so important to take care of yourself during this time. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking time for yourself to relax. If the holidays are really tough for you, take time away from the chaos to do something that makes you happy.
Especially, if you’re dealing with triggers around the holidays, it’s important to have a solid self-care plan in place. Talk to your therapist about what self-care looks like for you and how you can incorporate it into your holiday season. This might mean taking a long walk, reading your favorite book, or watching non-holiday-related movies. Whatever it is, make sure you are taking care of yourself both mentally and physically.
The holidays can be tough, especially if you’re experiencing trauma. But, with therapy, you can get through it. If you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle, that’s okay. And if you find yourself struggling, make sure to practice self-care. You deserve it. The holidays can be celebrated in your own way, and you don’t have to do it alone.
Begin Trauma Treatment in Orange County, CA
Trauma treatment can be a great resource during the holidays- or any time of year. If you’re struggling with trauma, make sure to reach out for help. You don’t have to go through the holidays alone. With the right resources, you can begin to heal and find joy again. Our team of caring therapists is here to help you celebrate the holidays in your own way. To start your therapy journey with Moxie Family Therapy, please follow these simple steps:
- Contact Moxie Family Therapy
- Meet with a caring trauma therapist
- Enjoy the holidays and begin your journey to healing!
Other Therapy Services Offered at Moxie Family Therapy
At Moxie Family Therapy, we know facing trauma during the holidays can be difficult. And it can take a toll on your mental health. This is why our therapists provide a variety of therapy services online and in-person at our Orange County, CA-based practice. We offer counseling for young adults, children, women, teens, and couples. Additionally, we offer therapy for therapists, clinical supervision, adoption therapy, art therapy, and play therapy. Our team is also happy to support the LGBTQ+ community. Contact us today and learn how we can help you reclaim your moxie.
About the Author
Melissa Mellon LMFT is not a therapist to just sit there and listen to you. She is a therapist that will laugh with you. Cry with you. But, most importantly, she will support you and help you get tough work done. Melissa will offer you her experience, knowledge, and skills to help you work through whatever issues are in your way of reclaiming your moxie.