Goodbye, Holiday Stress

The holidays bring time with family, good food and fun times.

But they can also be demanding and create extra stress. If you’re feeling anxiety, depression or stress regarding the holidays, you’re not alone. Let’s take a look at a few ways to cope with this time of year!

  1. Acknowledge your emotions. The holiday season is said to be about joy, but you can’t force happiness. If you’re feeling stressed or sad, that’s okay! Take time to express your feelings or talk to a loved one.
  2. Manage your expectations. We can’t all recreate a Hallmark Christmas. You can celebrate without everything going perfectly. Focus on what you can control and give yourself leeway and flexibility.
  3. Reach out. If you’re feeling lonely, seek out community. Church or neighborhood events can offer support and companionship when needed. Volunteering can also help lift your spirits while giving back to others.
  4. Take time for yourself. We often focus on family and friends during the holidays via gift shopping, cooking, and parties. But don’t forget to give yourself a break. Take time to go for a walk, read a book or do something that’s just for you.

This holiday season, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Happy holidays!

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544