10 Holiday Stress Coping Strategies
Yes the holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the holiday stress. i.e.: shopping, decorating, gift buying and gift wrapping, cooking/baking, attending special functions, even family get togethers all of them can place extra demand on us and may lead to stress. So I thought to start my blog again with tips on coping with acute stressors;
1) Reach Out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out social or religious communities, or any group activities.
2) Take a break for Yourself. Find an activity that clears your mind.
3) Keep up your health habits. Eat healthy meals, get plenty of sleep, maintain your regular exercise routine and take a breather from technology.
4) Be Budget savvy. Decide how much money you can afford to spend on gifts and food, and stick to it.
5) Plan Ahead. Good planning helps to combat last minute scrambling.
6) Learn to say no. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every activity.
7) Take Control. Recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures, so you can prevent them.
8) Acknowledge your feelings. It's normal to feel a range of feelings - sadness, grief, and happiness - during the holidays.
9) Be Realistic. Even though your holiday plans may look different because of the pandemic or other issues, you can find ways to celebrate.
10) Get help if you need it. If you feel persistently irritable, hopeless or sad and unable to face your daily routine, talk to a mental health professional.
Source: Mayo clinic
I wish you find comfort and joy this holiday season.
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