Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression
By 125 FW, Public Affairs
/ Published November 12, 2013
The holidays can present a dizzying array of demands -- parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining in addition to your job, to name just a few. With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays, especially if th -- 1. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
2. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, let go of those that no longer work for you. For example, cooking an entire meal from scratch - there are great time savers in the aisles of the grocery stores - pre-chopped vegetables, prepared sided dishes.
3. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Give homemade gifts (time permitting) or start a family gift exchange.
4. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. If it's not possible to say no to something, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
5. Don't abandon healthy habits. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
6. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
7. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your DPH, a doctor, or a mental health professional.
Your response to the demands of the world determines your stress level