For some, getting together with family and friends makes this….well, as the old song says, the most wonderful time of the year. But for others, the holidays can leave us feeling more overwhelmed than festive and that can lead to another type of holiday tradition…..stress.
With the arrival of the holidays comes the annual season of family, food, gifts, and stress.
The holidays may be a joyous time, but they can also exacerbate many stressors that could lead to increased feelings of anxiety for many people just wanting to have some family fun.
The American Psychological Association was concerned about stress levels during the holidays, so they’ve created their own Holiday Stress Resource Center for anyone looking for a little help.
The American Psychological Association website lists a series of tips to help folks deal with four major stress points during the holidays:
- Managing difficult family conversations,
- Dealing with the pressure of gift-giving,
- Dealing with financial stress, and
- Managing expectations.
CBS.com pointed out that it is easy to forget something important at this time of year…..yourself! Many of us are so busy trying to please others, we don’t take good enough care of our own bodies and minds.
Our self-care routine is usually the first thing we give up in our schedules to accommodate all the parties, cooking, wrapping, etc. But by skipping the gym or the yoga studio, we’re making it more difficult to overcome all the added stresses of the holiday season.
The good news is that you can take a less-is-more approach and fit in just a few minutes of stress-relieving exercises at home that will make a big difference in helping you manage holiday pressures.
And NBCNews.com added, “Ultimately, finding joy in the holidays boils down to mindfully cherishing time spent with family and friends, only committing to the things that are most important to you and managing self-imposed expectations. By doing this, you’ll be on your way to overcoming the pressure of creating a “perfect holiday,” and you may even learn to cherish the inevitable imperfections along the way.”
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