Holiday Family Dynamics In The Time of Covid-19

Because of social distancing, many holiday family gatherings will be virtual this year. But even if your celebrations take place over Zoom rather than the dining room table, family dynamics can kick in. For many, spending time with loved ones can be a happy, loving time, but family interactions can also kick up rivalries, slights, and unresolved hurts. Remember that we have no control over other people and their behavior – we only have the power to control our own reactions and behavior.

Here are a few survival tips: Have realistic expectations. Set your own boundaries and limits in advance. Listen more than you talk.

Don’t expect to change people or solve other people’s problems. Be generous and give the benefit of the doubt. Remember, holidays are the perfect time to free yourself from the burden of old resentments and grudges. Forgiveness is liberating and a gift to both the forgiver and the forgiven. Remember, if the holidays get tough, your EAP is here for you. Log in to your Member site for tips and tools or call to talk to a counselor!

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Don’t be S.A.D.!

In the winter, many people fall into a seasonal funk and this year, it could be intensified by all the indoor time we spend due to the pandemic. Psychologists call this Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D. for short. Generally, S.A.D. is related to changes in your body chemistry, specifically your serotonin and melatonin levels. With treatment, S.A.D. can be managed. Experts suggest adding light to your environment, exercising outdoors when you can, and boosting your Vitamin D intake. If symptoms persist, reach out for help.

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