The holiday season is often a time to celebrate happy gatherings with friends and family, but for some it can represent increased stress and challenges.
Financial pressures, an overload of commitments, possible strained family relationships can all contribute to increased stress during this time of year. People experiencing recent grief from the loss of a loved one or divorce, or those struggling with addictions and/or mental illness, may find they are even more susceptible to challenges during the holidays.
Isolated individuals may also find this time of year especially difficult. Family violence may even increase this time of year due to increased stress and pressures and the accessibility to and celebrations surrounding alcohol.
The Community Partners in Action Committee (CPAC) is a multi-agency committee that address social needs within Strathcona County. The committee writes monthly articles on social topics produced in the Sherwood Park News.
The following articles provide helpful, relevant information during the holiday season.
- Ways to Increase your Financial Knowledge (448.9 KB)
- Overcoming Stress during the Christmas Season (511.3 KB)
- Supporting those with Addictions Prepare for Success in the Holiday (442.0 KB)
- Communicating Through Holiday Stress (443.8 KB)
If you find yourself, or others around you, struggling during the holiday season there are many local supports available.