We are entering that season of the year where we turn our thoughts to the holidays. It is very easy to get overwhelmed with the planning, decorating, shopping, and expectations surrounding the holiday. It is important to keep a healthy perspective and try to manage these expectations so as to minimize the possibility of disappointment. Trying to live up to everyone’s expectations can lead one to feel that so overwhelmed that there is not much enjoyment associated with the season.Also, the holidays can also be a difficult time of the year for people who have lost friends and family members. The memory of their loss can add to other sources of stress and hurt even more.
It is crucial that people manage the stress that can be associated with the holidays.Some of the signs that you are experiencing stress include headaches, anxiety, body aches, sadness, poor sleep, and irritability. While some amount of stress is unavoidable, there are things that you can do:
First, be sure to make time for yourself. Be sure to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Set aside time to do things that you enjoy, even if it is as simple as going for a walk or soaking in a hot tub. Practice deep breathing or meditation to keep yourself grounded. And don’t be afraid to say “no”. Say “no” to obligations that will overtax you and make you anxious and resentful. Don’t forget to eat healthy meals. It may be okay to indulge yourself a little, but practice moderation to avoid unwanted weight gain and guilt. And if necessary, take some time to honor your loved ones who are not here to celebrate the holidays.