Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handling Holiday Stress

 Handling Holiday Stress

Well, it’s that time of the year again to where we are hustling and bustling in preparation for the holiday season. Although it should be regarded as a joyous time of the year by which we are spending time with our family and friends, it can lead to what is called “holiday stress”. Holiday stress is when a person becomes overwhelmed with the seasonal activities such as shopping, cooking, attending parties and so forth. According to studies that have been conducted over the years, the average person will experience more stress during this time of the year than any other time. Don’t fret- help is on the way! =) There are things that we can do to handle holiday stress so we can have a joyous time during the holidays such as the following:

v  Plan ahead and prioritize according to importance.
v  Set a realistic budget. In other words, you don’t want to overspend while placing yourself in financial debt.
v  Accept your family and friends as who they are. Sometimes we place high expectations on others and when they don’t fulfill those expectations during the holiday season, we become stress and depress.
v  Don’t compare with other families. We have a tendency to believe that all families are perfect with the exception of ours. As a result, we can sometimes try and create the perfect family gathering.
v  Relax and have fun. Keep in mind; the holidays only come once a year so make the most of it.
v  Last, but not least, don’t forget the reason for the season. It should be a time to be appreciative and to be thankful for all things.

Written by
Dr. Shantel Anderson BA, MA, DHEd


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