Mental health

Tips for coping with holiday stress

The holiday season can take its toll on your emotional health. And it’s no surprise. The holidays can put many demands on you – parties, shopping, entertaining to name a few.

You can reduce the stress that comes along with the season with just a few simple changes.

  1. Accept your feelings. It’s OK to take time for yourself to express your feelings. Don’t try to force yourself to be happy just because of the holidays.

  2. Reach out. If you’re feeling lonely, try to involve yourself in community or social events.

  3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect.

  4. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Overindulgence only adds stress and guilt.

  5. Take a breather. Make time for yourself. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Helpful hints: No matter who you are, stress is most likely a part of your life. The key is learning how to identify it and manage it.

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