With the holiday’s officially beginning in a few months this is a good time to review many of the chapters in the Anderson and Anderson workbooks with your clients to help them navigate successfully through the holidays.
Joe, Sharon, Maggie, Anthony and Stephen are clients of mine that have issues of stress which leads them to anger. They all dread the holidays because in their words it tends to “bring out the worst in them”. That is why we began to review chapters on stress and anger, communications and emotional intelligence. As I told them everything we have learned up to now were lessons for life however the approaching holiday season will be an important test. By reviewing certain chapters and information I am preparing my clients for the big exam which is surviving the holidays and even having a few laughs along the way.
Today we worked on the 'Stress Chapter' as though it were the first time they have ever seen it. One of the great things about reviewing the chapter is many things that my clients might have missed, or they were not ready to grasp in the early stages of their learning, or because of their new growth they were able to grasp and embrace willingly and enthusiastically.
In addition to review we rewrote affirmation and positive self talk statements which were far more powerful than their early statements.
Today we had arts and crafts day in the last few minutes of our session. This is when we made small survival baggies to keep at work, home and in the car. Each baggie contained a few types of relaxing teas, including, mint, chamomile, and a tea called mood mender. We also included in these packages 'Rescue Remedy', and inspirational sayings. There homework assignment was to purchase a traveling hot/cold cup and a plastic water bottle as part of the tool box for holiday survival. Additionally, they were to commit to stepping out of the ring of intense energy by walking, or any other physical exercise three times a week.
Help your clients through the impending holidays by reviewing and strategizing tools for managing. If you like the idea, have your clients make a survival kit so that they may have a calm and enjoyable holiday season.