Ready or not, the holidays are upon us, so, I wanted to take a minute to write about how to enjoy the holidays and relax. The holidays are a time of good cheer, warm family gatherings, and great food. But, as an article I came across by MedicalNewsToday.com points out, for some, the holidays can be a major source of unhappiness.
E. Christine Moll, PhD, associate professor of counseling and human services at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and a mental health counselor, says that for many people the holidays are a time of stress, loneliness, anxiety, and dysfunction.
In the article Dr. Moll cited 3 areas that can trigger holiday stress or depression – Relationships, Finances, and Physical Demands. So what can you do to enjoy the holidays and relax?
“When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup,” says Dr. Moll. “Take steps to help prevent normal holiday from progressing into chronic depression.”
Here are the Top 10 tips:
- Acknowledge your feelings.
- Seek support.
- Be realistic.
- Set differences aside.
- Stick to a budget.
- Plan ahead.
- Learn to say no.
- Take a breather.
- Forget about perfection.
- Seek professional help if you need it.
Dr. Moll says to remember that one key to minimizing holiday stress and depression is knowing that the holidays can trigger stress and depression. “Accept that things aren’t always going to go as planned,” says Moll. “Then take active steps to manage stress and depression during the holidays. You may actually enjoy the holidays this year more than you thought you could. Just remember, for the holidays and beyond…Practice Safe Stress!”
Good advice. And I’ll add that keeping your body relaxed is another way to beat stress before it happens. Take deep breaths, shake the kinks out, and when you are writing out all of those Christmas cards – which is a wonderful way to reach out to the people you care about – you can relax knowing you’ll be using my comfortable, ergonomic pen. This way doing your Christmas cards will be an enjoyable activity that you’ll actually look forward to!