Where did October go? Wasn’t I just writing about mourning summer’s end a mere days ago?

Yes the seasons are flying by as fast as the leaves flurry in a hurry past my window. There are some who are excited about the first snowfall and others who want to hide out until the last Christmas song plays on the radio. Yet, regardless of our reactions to it, the holidays are coming. Knowing this, how will you prepare for the obligatory family get-together, celebrations and the craziness that often accompanies the winter season?

I think there is no time like the present to start planning. Create a self-care tool kit made up of candles, CDs, books, a blanket, a framed photo of the ones you love most. Bring it with you if the holidays take you far from the safety and comfort of your home. Plan to schedule time for yourself. Or take the advice of our Facebook friends and incorporate yoga, volunteering, and breathing exercises to keep the holiday stress at bay.

Another great tip?

Bookmark your favorite Psych Central articles and catch up on them between activities. This week a lot of our posts deal with family and mental illness. Read them now and return to them again later when you need it most. Have a great weekend!

Anxiety: Three Messages to Avoid Giving Kids

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – As parents you want the best for your kids. But sometimes the things that intuitively seem to be best for your children, like protecting or reassuring them when they are afraid, are not always a good thing. Find out what three things you may be doing unintentionally to encourage the development of an anxiety disorder.

How Semi-Extreme Couponing Brought Me Back to the Grocery Store

(Panic About Anxiety) – Summer nearly swore off grocery stores. Her bout with both panic attacks and agoraphobia made a routine trip for groceries seem like an impossible endeavor. Until she found this. Read how extreme couponing gave her the courage to face her fears.

The Glass Walls of ADHD ~ Part I: Prediagnosis

(ADHD Man of Distraction) – You’ve heard of the “glass ceiling” impacting the promotional potential for some men and women. But have you heard of the glass walls of ADHD? Kelly shows us how having ADHD can also be an obstacle to career progression and advancement.

Coming to Terms with a Mother with BPD: An Interview with Kathy Ewing

(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – Unfortunately the legacy often left by those with mental illness is a child who holds the burden of healing from it. In this post, author Kathy Ewing talks about the impact having a mother with borderline personality disorder had on her life.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Son with Bipolar Disorder Not Getting Treatment

(Bipolar Beat) – How do you help a loved one who refuses help? Dr. Candida Fink attempts to answer this question from a mother concerned about her adult son with bipolar disorder. Read what she said here.