When the “Perfect Holiday” Isn’t So Perfect

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Trying to be an organic Martha Stewart? (NBC Universal Photo)

Martha Stewart can go to jail, host two TV shows and still find time to make snowflake ornaments in time for the holidays. Worried that you can’t measure up as you prepare for your family celebrations?

Successful professionals, in particular, often attempt to create the “perfect holiday.” The pressure they put on themselves can become overwhelming, according to experts at the famed Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas.

“I think many professionals struggle with the holidays because they are not doing well and are reflecting on how poorly they are coping,” says John O’Neill, a social worker and director of Menninger’s Professionals in Crisis Program. “They tend to mask how they are doing and try to make it through them. I can only imagine the amount of energy this must take. Many of them hold it together, appear fine and then crash after. This is why we start to see an increase in psychiatric hospital admissions in January.”

At Organic Authority, we encourage you to remember your organic spirit. Today marks the beginning of the hectic holiday shopping season, so be sure to set aside some time for quiet introspection and give thanks for the good things in your life—even if times are hard.

Perhaps Dr. Denis Waitley, a behavioral psychologist who helped train U.S. astronauts, put it best: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

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