How to Cope with Holiday Stress
If you’re like many people, the happiness that comes with the holiday season is dimmed by the stress that also arrives at the same time each year. Although stress is a common part of the holiday reason, it doesn’t have to put a damper on your celebrations. If stress is persistent, talk to your physician or request a physician referral to a doctor who can provide strategies for coping with your anxiety. These tips will also help you release the burden of seasonal stress.
Adjust Your Expectations
It’s natural to want to give the people you love the best possible holiday experience, but there is no such thing as a perfect seasonal celebration. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to have the best decorations, food, gifts, and parties, focus on simply being together with the people you care about. If you are burdened by the size of your children’s’ wish list, for instance, talk to them about your family’s budget and help them learn a lesson about the true meaning of the holidays. When you relax and realize that perfect is unattainable, you will be better able to focus on making memories.
Make Yourself a Priority
Don’t put yourself last on your list this year. Take time to do things for yourself every day, whether it is a short walk or watching a favorite television show. When you take some downtime and recharge, you will be refreshed and able to accomplish the things you want to for other people. Don’t forget to say no to things that add an extra burden to your plate.
Keep an Eye on Your Finances
It’s easy for the cost of holidays to get out of control, which is a major source of holiday stress. Resist the urge to spend and worry about the consequences later. Instead, keep a close eye on your budget. You may feel relieved simply by knowing exactly where you stand.
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is here to ensure your holidays are as safe and healthy as possible. From emergency care and stroke care to our heart hospital, we have the cutting-edged care your family needs year-round. Contact us when you need more information by calling (702) 233-5300.
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