Keep the Holidays from Stressing you Out
We envision the holidays to be a time of happiness, but according to the American Psychological Association, over 38% of individuals reported they felt an increased level of stress during the holiday season. Stress impacts your overall health and well-being, and can lead to depression.
Here are some quick tips to help you reduce the stress the holidays might bring.
Be good at saying "No"
The biggest holiday stressor people reported was a lack of time. Being pulled in too many directions can leave you feeling overwhelmed. One of the best things you can do for your mental health during the holiday season is to limit the things you commit to. Believe it or not, you will actually feel better saying no to another holiday party or obligating yourself to make yet another pie.
Set a budget
Worries surrounding the financial demands of the holidays accounted for about half of people’s holiday stressors. Not only does overspending and racking up credit card debt create stress during the holidays, but this financial stress can follow you throughout the year, and can lead to symptoms of depression. This year, set a reasonable budget...and stick to it.
Allow the holidays to be what they are
More and more, we find ourselves setting an expectation for our lives, and especially our family gatherings, to be something Pinterest worthy. Setting unrealistic expectations not only creates unnecessary stress and anxiety, but makes it less likely that we will appreciate our actual moments for what they are. This year, follow the experts’ recommendation for when times get stressful during family gatherings. They recommend finding a positive about the gathering when things get a little stressful or anxious. If you can’t, focusing on a favorite positive memory of the people surrounding you will help release some of the tension you might be feeling.