How to Deal with Holiday Stress


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How to Deal with Holiday Stress

Posted by Vitamin Discount Center on 12/10/2018
How to Deal with Holiday Stress

While the song says it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful. A 2015 survey conducted by Healthline found 62% of people described their stress levels as elevated during the holidays and only 10% reported having no stress during the season. With some practical tips from the Mayo Clinic and the American Psychological Association, you can minimize the holiday stress.

  1. Set small, realistic goals for the holidays that take your mental health into account. Instead of trying to take on everything, identify the most important holiday tasks and take small, concrete steps to accomplish them.
  2. Eat right. Don’t go overboard with food and drink, but don’t necessarily abstain—enjoy yourself. Try to limit your alcohol and sugar.
  3. Set small, realistic goals for the holidays­ that take your mental health into account. Instead of trying to take on everything, identify the most important holiday tasks and take small, concrete steps to accomplish them.
  4. Alter traditions to accommodate your well-being. For instance plan potlucks instead of making everything yourself from scratch.
  5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget, don’t try to buy happiness with expensive gifts.
  6. Be conscientious of your stress levels and their causes. Allow yourself to let go of those things you cannot control and are of lesser importance. Also try to limit exposure to stressors and make a plan to address the stressors you need to face.
  7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can make you feel overwhelmed or even resentful. Friends and family will understand if you can’t go to every event.
  8. Take time for yourself. Include calming habits like drinking tea, stretching and breathing exercises. Increase mental clarity through music, reading or mediation. Remember we all need some time to recharge.
  9. Reach out to other people. The holidays can be a lonely time for some people. If you are feeling this way, seek out community, volunteering, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship.
  10. Remember what is really important. The commercialism of the season can sometimes overshadow the true sentiment of the holidays. Try to remember that spending time with your love ones is the most important thing.