Today we talk with Dr. Stephanie Setliff and Dr. Mike McFarland about managing all the stress that comes along with the holiday season.
Managing Holiday Stress
Both of our experts today are perfect for this discussion. Being licensed in psychiatry and psychology, we dive into this topic talking about the food aspect and the mental and emotional aspects. The holiday’s are great; they are a time to gather with family, break bread, and relax. But most of the time it is not that simple.
Along with the holiday’s comes planning extravagant meals for many people. This can be time consuming, exhausting, and overall too much stress for one person. We talk about some of the alternatives you can do during the holiday’s that will take all that pressure and stress off of you (if you are in charge of food.) Then we talk about the stress of getting together with family and there being no drama…HA. With family, comes family drama, so sometimes that is inevitable. What can be detrimental is comparing this years festivities with past years, and feeling like you were let down.
We also talk about how the holiday’s can create stress and anxiety for someone struggling with an eating disorder. All of these holiday stressors add up, and managing them can seem impossible. Listen in to hear some practical and easy ways to manage holiday stress.
- Dr. Stephanie Setliff is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years.
- Dr. Mike McFarland is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas, with a private practice in Dallas.