It’s the most stress­ful time of the year

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint - Sarah Cole Public Health Pro­mo­tion Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Al­berta Health Ser­vices

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on a va­ri­ety of health re­lated top­ics, visit MyHealth.Al­berta.ca or ahs.ca. Health ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion are also avail­able 24/7 by call­ing Health Link at 811.

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