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My Mother In Law is Still Sitting Between Us...: Merry Hoarding Holidays! (Lengthy and worth it)

My Mother In Law is Still Sitting Between Us...: Merry Hoarding Holidays! (Lengthy and worth it) | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

So my parents came to our home this year for Xmas. They seem to come every other year. My mother is my HP [hoarding parent] and my father is the poor soul that has to put up with her crap.

 

My brother and I actually penned a letter to our father a couple of months ago about our concerns regarding HP. I shared that letter and his response with all of you. [On the COH board.] Both through subsequent emails and on the phone, my father assured me that she was "getting better" and that he was hopeful that they would be able to get the house cleaned by Spring, etc.

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Guy's comment, January 9, 2012 7:26 AM
Its like a sketch from a comedy film, but the reality is that it isn't funny. I feel for the poor father and the daughter.
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finding magic in the mess - my blog - Ordinary Courage

finding magic in the mess - my blog - Ordinary Courage | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

The holidays are a perfectionism minefield. My expectations always need radical reality-checking this time of year and that normally comes in the form of a total meltdown. The good news is that I often have a lot more fun on the backside of my breakdown when I start letting go and leaning into the crazy.

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How perfectionism stole Christmas

How perfectionism stole Christmas | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The word “perfection” should be changed to “purefiction.”

 

Though it has a positive connotation, to brag “I’m a perfectionist” is really saying “I’m a well-intentioned individual who likes to inflict relentless torturous pain upon myself, in an effort to achieve unrealistic goals.”

 

The word “holidays” also has a positive connotation, but when mixed with the p-word, you don’t get holiday perfection – you get holiday stress. This only leads to disappointment, turning Christmas into a Christmiss and a Christmess.

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Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Meltdowns

Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Meltdowns | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
As we land on Thanksgiving, that roller derby of holidays, on which so many extended families and misfit friends gather for marathon dining (and flare-ups of fury), what better hostess gift than to share my Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving...

 

I know it feels as if you could fly to China (and back) faster than it takes to get through some Thanksgiving dinners -- particularly if you're seated next to your nosey Aunt Sophie or your cousin's abrasive fiancé (courtesy of Match.com). But it's just one meal. Really!

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Dr. Deb: 5 Tips for Kicking Post-Holiday Blues

Dr. Deb: 5 Tips for Kicking Post-Holiday Blues | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

As the holiday season comes to an end, so, too, does the high octane way you've planned, shopped, traveled, and socialized. The holiday momentum of go, go, go, going screeches to a grinding halt.

 

Problem is, all the neurochemistry you needed to help you get through the holidays - stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline – are leaving you feeling burned out, irritable, and just plain cranky.

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MHFA - Mental Health and the Silly Season | MHFA – Mental Health First Aid

MHFA - Mental Health and the Silly Season | MHFA – Mental Health First Aid | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Let Christmas be a day where you are kind to yourselves and each other. Try not to place unreasonable demands on yourself or the people you are celebrating with to make the day ‘perfect’.

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Don't Let “Christmas Perfectionism” Ruin Your Holiday! | Wasatch ...

Don't Let “Christmas Perfectionism” Ruin Your Holiday! | Wasatch ... | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
If you already struggle with perfectionism, the holiday season can be particularly difficult for stress management. For one thing, there are often higher expectations, more on your to do list, and more people to please.
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