Keeping the Joy in the Holiday Season

While the holidays can evoke thoughts of happiness and joy, sharing and caring, the preparation can also bring negative emotions, such as frustration, worry, and even fear at the never ending list of things to do. Some of the basic tenets of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) may help in escaping the overwhelming crush of what has become the norm for many of us during the holidays. ACT is a behavioral therapy that focuses on taking action that is guided by our values, or the things that are really important to us. It encourages acceptance of what is out of our personal control, and taking action “mindfully”, or in an open, fully engaged state. These basic principles can be applied… read more →