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Don’t let stress get the best of you over the holidays!

posted Nov 25, 2014, 6:05 AM by Wasiewicz, Mark   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 6:05 AM ]

Happy Holidays!

The holidays can be a great time to socialize with friends and family, but they can be extremely stressful. Family dynamics can be complicated, schedules can be too hectic and gift-buying can trigger financial pressure. Plus, many people carry some difficult baggage into the holidays that prevents or limits enjoyment – loneliness, depression, divorce, death, loss, absence of a loved one.

Here are some tips for de-stressing over the holidays:

  •         Respect your limits. Prioritize social options and establish a realistic event schedule.  Learn to say no.
  •         Set a budget for spending and stick to it.
  •         Eat healthy and increase your exercise to keep your equilibrium and compensate for any extra calorie intake.
  •         Keep as close to your normal schedule as you can. Don’t shortchange your sleep!
  •         Look for shortcuts and timesavers, such as shopping online.
  •         Find quiet time to be alone and engage in calming activities: curl up with a good book, take a walk, meditate or take an extra nap.
  •         Accept that everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Problems happen, be flexible and go with the flow.
  •         Stay focused on others and cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.”
  •         Call your EAP if you feel depressed, overwhelmed or stressed.

Our counselors can help you with strategies and plans to deal with holiday pressures. Why not give a call today? 800.252.4555 or 800.225.2527

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