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  • Sam DiFranco

Christmas Anxiety, Depression & Stress

At Star Point Counseling in Tampa Fl. & Brandon Fl. we can offer stress counseling, depression counseling and anxiety counseling for our clients.  Please call us at 813-244-1251 to set an appointment.

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year.  For many the Christmas holiday period is a mass of complex social interactions with family or relatives, some of whom you may rather not see.

There could well be expectations, or at least perceived expectations, to create a ‘wonderful Christmas’ with presents and perhaps the most important meal of the year.

Some people rate Christmas as being more stressful than divorce or being burgled.  We don’t want to add to the stress and have deliberately avoided putting images of holly, robins, snowmen or anything else Christmassy on this page! Star Point Counseling offers marriage counseling, couples counseling & relationship counseling in Brandon Fl. & Tampa Fl. ( We hope the Christmas stress does not lead to a divorce for you).

Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa Fl. & Brandon Fl. can provide some tips and advice to make your Christmas as stress-free as possible. Don’t let the festive season get you down: follow the tips and advice you find here, relax and enjoy yourself.


Plan Ahead

Start making a list of things you need to do for Christmas early: for example, shopping, food and presents, decorations, seating plans or travel arrangements.  Make the list as detailed as possible, include people’s phone numbers or email addresses to make contacting them simpler.

Try to prioritise the items on your list: can they be done now, and are they essential?  Do not overestimate how much you can achieve on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Many recipes can, at least in part, be made ahead of time and frozen thus reducing tasks in the immediate run-up to Christmas Day.

Delegate the responsibility for certain tasks to other family members since this will reduce your workload.  Keep your list for next year; it’ll need tweaking and updating but will give you reminders of the sorts of things you need to think about.


Shop Online

Although shopping locally has many advantages, High Street shopping just before Christmas can be particularly stressful,  and with hundreds of other stressed people trying to find the ‘perfect’ gift.

Shop online from the comfort of your own home as you’ll not only save time and be less stressed but will probably save money too.  Always make sure you buy from reputable online retailers and check that they can deliver before the big day.

If you haven’t already tried it, you may be able to do your food shopping online too and have it delivered directly to your door. Remember to book your delivery slot early though as the prime delivery slots may well be booked early.


Christmas Cards

Start writing your Christmas cards early too!

Many people receive and send lots of cards at Christmas time so start in mid-November, if you can, and write a few cards and envelopes each day keeping them to one side before posting or delivering.


Know When to Stop

Decide when you will stop your Christmas preparations and start to relax and enjoy the holiday.  Work towards and try to stick to this goal, even if it is in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve.  Remember that Christmas is your holiday too.

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