Learn how to manage the stress of the holidays and enjoy the time you spend with your family.
During the holiday season, the pressure of gatherings, gift-giving and expectations can lead to major stress. Though the holidays are meant to be a time of celebration and joy, they’re often a time of conflict and unhappiness as well. Learn how to manage your time and expectations this season to enjoy the moments you spend with your family.
Acknowledge and accept grief
Whether your family has recently lost a loved one or you’re going through relationship issues like divorce, grief can rear its head during the holiday season. When you are faced with feelings of loss and sadness, allow yourself to feel them. Talk to your loved ones about what you’re going through and find new traditions.
Make time for yourself
As the holidays approach, much of your time is devoted to others. You’re busy decorating, cooking, shopping and planning gatherings. Make sure you carve out some time for activities that are devoted solely to you. Curl up with a good book, take a long bath or get outside for an invigorating jog.
Stick to your health and fitness routines
Don’t slack on your fitness routines over the holidays. Likewise, try to stick to the same diet you usually have. Overeating and avoiding activity will contribute to bad moods and problems sleeping. Continuing to work out and treat your body well will help you endure the natural stress of the season.
Celebrate the small things
Try to manage your expectations over the holiday season. The most memorable moments may surprise you. Something as simple as a child’s expression can be as precious as any gift. Try to have perspective and celebrate the little things in your life and the relationships that bring you joy.
If you struggle with anxiety or depression over the holidays, talk to your doctor. For a physician referral, just call Lawnwood Regional Medical Center's free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-446-6956. Our online library is also a great resource if you have any health questions.