Going home for holidays can be stressful and require a great deal of planning and thought - this is true for anyone living away, but especially for expats who only get home once a year or less.
For expats, short holidays can mean intense periods of trying to "make up for" the long time spent away from family and friends. It can also mean taking on the expectations of others, and falling back into patterns established by parents or other people during our childhood or formative years. This can be stressful in itself! Often, we find ourselves reacting to things that normally don't bother us, or experiencing feelings we haven't felt in years. It can sometimes feel like all of the personal learning and growth we have done is erased in a matter of hours!