5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

Oct 4th, 2018

For many, the holidays are a joyful time to spend with loved ones. For others, they can take a toll on mental and physical health. Before holiday stress becomes overwhelming, try these five prevention tactics.

Check in with yourself.
How are you feeling? Performing a quick evaluation of your emotional health allows you to address your emotions and move forward. Know that if you are experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one or separation from family and friends, it is normal and acceptable to express those emotions.

Let go of expectations. 
The holidays don’t always turn out the way we plan, and that is OK – they don’t have to be perfect. As years pass, you may find yourself celebrating the holidays differently than you used to. The good news is, there is no “correct” way to acknowledge the season, so spend time doing what is important and meaningful to you.

Say no.
If the idea of attending that holiday engagement is creating unnecessary discomfort and anxiety, say no. Loved ones will understand if you can’t participate in every activity. Removing uncomfortable items from your schedule will lessen the holiday pressure.

Practice self-care.
If you notice feelings of stress, take care of yourself before attending to that grocery list or holiday party RSVP. Perform activities you enjoy and that simply make you feel good. Actions such as taking a walk, getting fresh air, reading a book and making sure you get plenty of rest will put your mind at ease and benefit your physical health too.

Find a support system.
When you feel anxious or depressed, reach out to family, friends or members of your community for support. Becoming involved in local groups or clubs can help you forge new friendships and find additional outlets for stress relief. And if feelings of depression or sadness are still preventing you from enjoying your daily life, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional.

Oceans can help. From our inpatient services to our intensive outpatient programs, our team of caregivers is dedicated to addressing patients' mental and physical needs. You can learn more about our services at www.oceanshealthcare.com.


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