It’s the most stressful time of the year
Holidays can be a particularly stressful time for everyone. While the emotional highs and lows may be inevitable, each one of us can do things to reduce the stress.
Some ways to manage holiday stress include setting boundaries. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish this holiday season. Remember, you are only one person and it’s ok to ask for help. Involve everyone at work and home to help with the extra holiday tasks and don’t take on more than you can handle.
Plan ahead and designate time for tasks you need to complete and functions you will attend. Planning ahead includes creating a budget and sticking to it. This gives you an idea of what you can spend without breaking the bank.
Remember, everything in moderation. It’s common to over-indulge in treats or other forms of cheer during the holidays. Try to balance this with some healthy habits, like some form of physical activity.
Give up any expectations of what the holidays should be. Instead, try being in the moment and experiencing the holidays your own way. Remember that the holidays should be about connecting and celebrating with family and friends.
Giving back in your community is also a good way to celebrate. Participate in a food drive, volunteer at a seniors’ home, hospital or another non-profit agency in your community.
Don’t forget about you. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or stressed. If this happens, talk to someone about it. Take time for you and your own self-care. Stress management begins with you.
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