Has your company left? Are you back to sleeping in your own bed? The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone and being out of your routine can create tension. In some cases, the conflicts triggered during the holidays strain relationships and create negative emotions that are never addressed. We all have expectations about how the holidays should be and how everyone should behave. We get ourselves in trouble when we operate from shouldstatements. Typically life doesn’t go the way we planned and the holidays are no different. How do you react when things don’t go the way you planned? Some of us pout, others throw a temper tantrum, and others lash out. We all have some child-like behaviors inside of us. Last week I spoke about forgiveness and acceptance as being two of the greatest gifts; well, now would be a good time to give them. Lets face it, the holidays can bring out the worst in us, especially if we drink too much, don’t sleep enough, and don’t get our regular amounts of exercise or downtime. We love our families, but we also need time to be alone and catch up on the rest of our lives. Next week I’ll address specific ways to create a new holiday experience and consider resolutions for 2012. Remember our relationships with family and friends are precious and require proper care and feeding.