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Managing holiday stress

By: Spencer

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration with our loved ones, but as many of us know, it can be a stressful time too. Between shopping for gifts and hosting holiday parties, there’s a lot on our minds.

So why do we tend to stress out during the holidays?

·         Finances

·         Memories of lost loved ones

·         Overabundance of activities like family parties or work gatherings

This is especially true for women, as many holiday “responsibilities” like cooking, event planning and shopping are assumed by women in the household. According to the American Psychological Association, women’s holiday stress levels increase more substantially than men’s levels.

Here’s some tips to manage your stress levels this holidays season.

·         Pace yourself. Spread our your activities and obligations so you can enjoy them more.

·         Budget. Talk with your family and create a reasonable budget. Consider homemade gifts.

·         Do something kind for others. Volunteer at your local community center or donate to a gift drive. Studies have shown that people who give back feel a sense of joy and satisfaction.

·         Find free activities. Check out your local newspaper or community Facebook groups and websites for free holiday events, or stroll through the town to see decorations.

·         Save time for yourself. Incorporate solo time for exercise, meditation, reading and whatever other routines help you to decompress.

Always feel empowered to seek support in family, friends, clergy, a primary care doctor or therapist.

Are you struggling with anxiety or stress? Find resources through Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services.

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

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