The MLRA Therapy Blog

Insights and ideas from the therapist team at Meghan L. Reitz and Associates.

10 Ways to Shake off the Holidays

10 ways to shake off the holidays

Are you a bit more on edge than normal? Does your to-do list seem out of control? Does the mere thought of the impending holidays fill you with dread or anxiety?

The approaching holiday season can cause your world to seem like it is spiraling out of control exactly when you would prefer to be enjoying a special time of the year. Many of our clients describe their holiday-infused anxiety as a feeling of being unnerved, shaken or rattled. So, we call what you are experiencing “the holiday shakes.” Not to be confused with a delicious peppermint or eggnog shake, but a generalized nervousness or anxiousness that drastically elevates around the end of the year leading up to New Year’s Eve. As you might imagine, this experience makes for a really unpleasant month of December.

The good news is that the holiday shakes are completely normal and even somewhat expected. So, let's talk about coping strategies and how to be proactive, rather than reactive, this holiday season. Don’t wait! Start practicing these ten holiday skills now, before the end of December hits:

1. Don't Overbook

It's ok to say no, even to pushy relatives. Keep things simple by not making too many commitments.

2. Don’t Drink and Stress

Avoid alcohol, it may seem like a solution, but drunken family arguments are still arguments that are better left out of the holiday celebrations.

3. Stay in a Routine

Keep healthy exercise, diet, and sleep in your routine. Consciously prioritize these higher.

4. Avoid Caffeine

Caffeinated drinks or foods will exacerbate that shaky feeling all season long.

5. See Your Breath

Do you find yourself ever just holding your breath? Be aware of this and remind yourself to breathe from the belly.

6. You’re Making A List

Journal your worries or holiday shake triggers on paper.

7. Schedule Me Time

Even a few minutes of breathing, walking, or closing your eyes every day can be rejuvenating.

8. T'is the Season to Be Grateful

Each day identify three things you are grateful for.

9. Let it Go! Let it Go!

Christmas ham overdone? Family member makes snide remark? Political or religious debates at the table? Pick and choose your battles. Let it go!

10. Give Yourself The Gift of Therapy

Make an appointment with a counselor or psychologist to work on coping skills and sort out your holiday shakes.

Feeling like you don't quite have the hang of all these skills? Don't feel pressure to try them all at once, but just try one or some and see if you can shake the holiday shakes. Remember to reach out to family and friends. If your support system is limited, get involved in church, community events, or meet up groups. There are resources all around you; you just have to be willing to seek out help and support. Remind yourself: Everyone experiences the holiday shakes and it is temporary!


Meghan Reitz, LCPC, NCCMeghan has worked within the counseling profession for over 13 years. Her therapist experience includes providing individual, couples, family, group, and crisis counseling. She also speaks with companies and groups on mental health and wellness topics. Learn more about Meghan HERE.

23 comments (Add your own)

1. wrote:
Very nice layout and superb content, absolutely nothing else we need :D.

Mon, October 15, 2018 @ 6:52 PM

2. wrote:
I every time spent my half an hour to read this weblog's content
every day along with a mug of coffee.

Thu, November 22, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

3. wrote:
I just wanted to thank you once more for the amazing web site you have made here.
It truly is full of ideas for those who are seriously interested in this specific subject,
specifically this very post. Your all so sweet as
well as thoughtful of others plus reading the blog posts is an excellent delight in my opinion. And what generous gift!
Dan and I really have pleasure making use of your suggestions
in what we have to do in the near future. Our record
is a distance long which means your tips will definitely
be put to great use.

Wed, March 6, 2019 @ 1:41 PM

4. wrote:
Hi there, I want to subscribe for this website to get hottest updates, thus where can i do it please help

Sat, April 27, 2019 @ 5:40 AM

5. wrote:
You've made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for more info about the issue and found
most people will go along with your views on this

Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

6. wrote:
Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great effort.

Tue, June 4, 2019 @ 10:22 PM

7. wrote:
I constantly spent my half an hour to read this web site's
articles or reviews all the time along with a cup of

Thu, June 6, 2019 @ 4:33 AM

8. wrote:
This article is genuinely a nice one it helps new web viewers, who are wishing in favor of blogging.

Fri, June 14, 2019 @ 4:05 AM

9. wrote:
Hello there, You have done an incredible job. I
will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
I am sure they will be benefited from this site.

Sat, July 13, 2019 @ 3:28 AM

10. wrote:
As I website possessor I believe the content material
here is rattling wonderful , appreciate it for your hard
work. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

Sat, July 13, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

11. wrote:
Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your site is very cool.

I'm impressed by the details that you have on this website.
It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page,
will come back for more articles. You, my friend,
ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn't
come across. What a great site.

Sat, July 13, 2019 @ 3:16 PM

12. wrote:
Asking questions are actually pleasant thing if you are not understanding something entirely,
except this paragraph provides fastidious understanding even.

Sat, July 13, 2019 @ 10:11 PM

13. wrote:
I always emailed this website post page to all my contacts, as if like
to read it then my links will too.

Mon, July 15, 2019 @ 2:41 AM

14. wrote:
Genuinely no matter if someone doesn't understand then its up to other visitors that
they will assist, so here it takes place.

Tue, July 16, 2019 @ 11:37 PM

15. wrote:
I was just searching for this info for a while. After six hours of continuous Googleing,
finally I got it in your site. I wonder what's the lack of Google strategy that don't rank this kind of
informative web sites in top of the list. Normally
the top websites are full of garbage.

Thu, July 18, 2019 @ 1:41 PM

16. wrote:
For newest information you have to pay a quick visit internet and
on world-wide-web I found this web site as a best web site for most up-to-date updates.

Thu, July 18, 2019 @ 10:36 PM

17. wrote:
I like your writing style truly loving this web site.

Mon, July 29, 2019 @ 6:56 PM

18. wrote:
Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring
on other websites? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers
would value your work. If you're even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

Tue, July 30, 2019 @ 10:58 AM

19. wrote:
Fabulous, what a website it is! This web site gives useful information to us, keep it up.

Wed, August 14, 2019 @ 3:20 PM

20. wrote:
Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
It's on a entirely different subject but it has
pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

Wed, August 21, 2019 @ 7:54 PM

21. wrote:
Hi there, I do think your site could possibly be having web
browser compatibility problems. Whenever I look at your
web site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it
has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up!
Aside from that, fantastic blog!

Fri, August 30, 2019 @ 8:36 PM

22. wrote:
This excellent website certainly has all the information and facts I wanted
concerning this subject and didn't know who
to ask.

Sun, September 22, 2019 @ 10:47 PM

23. wrote:
I have read so many posts concerning the blogger lovers except this post is genuinely a good post, keep it up.

Tue, September 24, 2019 @ 5:41 PM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.

Share This:
RSS Feed
Take the Next Step: Make an Appointment