Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! The holidays are officially here! Unfortunately, sometimes holidays are stressful, not just because there's so much to do and not enough time or because of finances, but because of family discord. Not all families get along splendidly and holidays are especially good at pointing this out. Whether you don't get along with your in-laws, parents, or siblings, there are a few things you can do to make the holidays more enjoyable.
The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, right? Sometimes it becomes the most annoying time of year. Maybe your Mom constantly critiques your cooking or your brother doesn't bring the dish he promised. Be calm. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself in the grand scheme of things, it's not that big of a deal. Try to have realisitic expectations and make sure you have a supportive person you can go to when you're about to lose it. Let that person know they might need to talk you off the ledge if things get too intense.
So did you all make it through the holidays? A particular Christmas present from my nephew gave me the inspiration for this blog today. He and my sister gave me and my husband a picture of them donating pet food and supplies to a local shelter and explained that they donated these items on behalf of us and our love for animals. Hands down- It was the best gift we received from anyone. It came from the heart, they took time out of their lives, and it didn't cost much.
This got me to thinking about a common idea that I talk with parents about: Charity and giving back. A lot of parents I help talk about their children being greedy and not being appreciative for what they have. I think that teaching children to give back is a great way to teach appreciation and empathy. It also teaches children that they can help make change, they are powerful in their own right. If this sounds like a good idea to you and hopefully it does- here are a few tips: