Avoiding Holiday Stress

Let’s face it, this time of year is just busy.  The holidays are upon us and with many things to do and people to see, it can be overwhelming.  With too much to do, stress, anxiety and ultimately depression can take over.  However, there are many ways to lessen these feelings that can ruin our time with family and friends.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Keep your normal routine, don’t give up your daily exercise or walking regime
  • Get outside for some fresh air and sunshine
  • Make sure to get enough sleep
  • Do less and enjoy what you are doing, more
  • Laughter is the best medicine, find what makes you happy
  • Don’t be a perfectionist – focus on enjoying the people in your life
  • Consider abandoning old customs – maybe this is the year you “skip” the Christmas card
  • If you need help, get it! From cooking to cleaning to shopping – there are resources that can help
  • Call in a family member who has offered to help, it will make them feel better also
  • Put down your cell phone and computer – be present with those around you

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