01 Dec Coping with Holiday Stress
As the holiday season begins, it is critical to take time to support your overall mental wellbeing. For some, the holiday season is a joyful time. But, for others the increase in responsibilities can become overwhelming. The top holiday stressors include:
- Gift shopping (56%)
- Crowds and lines (54%)
- Cleaning (45%)
- Knowing what to get people (38%)
- Cooking (36%)
If you find yourself overwhelmed, stop and reevaluate. Ask yourself – is this really necessary? Your own expectations may be the very things that bring on your holiday stress. Try using these tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Ask people what they want instead of scouring the Earth to find the “perfect” gift.
- Don’t over-schedule yourself.
- Allow enough time to relax and recover after visiting with others.
- Avoid starving yourself in anticipation of eating at holiday parties. This approach can lead to eating too much of the wrong food.
- Set priorities and let go of impossible goals.
- Rest when your body tells you to do so.
While holiday stress may be seasonal, depression can be year-round. If your holiday anxiety seems severe or is interfering with your job or home life, talk to your doctor or to a counselor.
Zeiders is honored to help military members and their families deal more effectively with stress through educational services and counseling for personal stress and operational stress.