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Managing Holiday Stress

Holidays can be an opportunity to celebrate the values you cherish and the people you love. They can also add to your stress. At a traditionally joyous time of year, you may have many extra tasks and events that need to be squeezed into an already tight schedule. You might find yourself trying to do the impossible in a short amount of time, on a limited budget, and with conflicting demands pulling you in different directions. Here are some ways to ease the pressures on yourself and others in your household.

  • Set realistic expectations. Ask yourself what you want the holiday to be or to mean. What part of it matters most to you?
  • Prioritize. Make a list of all the things you need to do and decide which ones are the most important.
  • Take advantage of new tools that can reduce holiday stress. Look into free or low-cost apps or software for your smartphone or computer that will make it easier to coordinate your tasks.
  • Say “no.”  If you have a tendency to take on too much, learn to say “no” when people ask you to do just one more thing.

The following are other good ways to manage holiday stress:

  • Be a kid again. Take some time to play and just enjoy the scenery. Notice holiday decorations and the yummy smells. Take a nature walk, go skating, try some deep-breathing exercises — whatever helps you relax for a while.
  • Get plenty of rest and exercise. It’s easy to forget to do the things that keep you healthy when you have so much to do. Keeping to your regular sleeping and exercise routines will give you the energy to do everything you need to do, and it will retain some normalcy in your life.
  • Remember that other people are also dealing with the stress and pressure of holidays. If you are in a traffic jam at the mall, you’re one of many people trying to get everything done to make their celebrations run as smoothly as possible. Don’t take the difficulty of finding parking spaces personally.

Source: Telus Health

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Sources: Telus Health, Very Well Mind

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