Coping With Stress During The Holidays
Most people feel some added pressure and stress during the holidays. But with some mental preparations and planning, you can not only cope with the season - you can even enjoy it!
- Keep expectations manageable. Try to set realistic goals for yourself. Pace yourself. Organize your time. Make a list and prioritize the important activities.
- Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Don't put the entire focus on just one day. Remember that it's a season of holiday sentiment, and activities can be spread out to lessen stress and increase enjoyment.
- Remember the holiday season does not banish reasons for feeling sad or lonely; there is room for these feelings to be present, even if the person chooses not to express them.
- Leave "yesteryear" in the past and look toward the future. Life brings changes. Each season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way. Don't set yourself up in comparing today with the "good ol' days."
- Do something for someone else. Try volunteering some your time to help others.
- Enjoy activities that are free, such as taking a drive to look at holiday decorations, going window shopping or making a snowman with children.
- Be aware of excessive drinking. It will only increase your feelings of stress.
- Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
- Spend time with supportive and caring people. Reach out and make new friends, or connect with someone you haven't heard from in while.
- Save time for yourself! Recharge your batteries! Let others share in the responsibility of planning activities.