Special occasions can bring a rush of excitement for many. However, we sometimes find ourselves anxious and overwhelmed by them. It’s important to remember that the true meaning of family gatherings is all about faith, family, and fun! Much of the dreaded special occasion overwhelm can be avoided if we take a moment to stop and breathe.


First, remember that special occasions and family gatherings are not about competition. You don’t have to have the most expensive décor and giveaway the priciest gifts. It’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Those who are in your life will appreciate however you choose to spoil them. The faithful saying, “it’s the thought that counts” rings true when your gift comes from the heart. When the event is over, a mountain of debt could leave your mental health in shambles. Don’t fall for the trap. Live within your means during the holiday season and beyond. 


Secondly, remove yourself from potentially toxic situations. If you have family members that are toxic, don’t feel obligated to include them in your special plans. No one should be subjected to abuse, ridicule, or blatant mistreatment. We don’t get to choose our family members, but we do get to choose at what level with interact with them. Enjoy your holiday season in peace. This will help to ease mental strain and anxiety.


Lastly, have fun! Do what makes you happy when preparing for a special occasion. Do you love to bake cookies? Bake them. Do you enjoy classic movies? Watch them. Does volunteering help you live out your passion to help your community? Sign-up for opportunities to your heart’s content!


Special occasions can be a lot of fun! But they don’t have to be overwhelming. Your mental health doesn’t have to suffer. Plan ahead, use these strategies, and you and your mind will be peaceful and at rest.


Be Well,

Dr. Mya