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Holiday Stress and How to Cope With It

There are three triggers of stress that happen in the holidays: relationships, finances, and physical demands.

There are a number of strategies that can be used to handle these stressors.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings.  As much as the holidays can be a joyful time they can also be overwhelming, with family obligations and buying gifts and your regular responsibilities. All of these demands can feel overwhelming and some times you need to slow down or stop entirely and regroup
  2. Look for support – Don’t try and do every thing yourself.  Don’t volunteer to help others when you haven’t taken care of what you need to do.  There is such a thing as taking the holiday spirit too far.
  3. Keep a routine – Just because you are busy you still need to remember to watch what you eat, exorcize, and getting the sleep you need.
  4.  Don’t try to be perfect – Because we want everything to be just right, we try too hard. Remember it’s not about having everything in place it’s about being in the right space emotionally.

    In my next blog, I will talk about dealing with money issues, depression and the holidays and how to create new traditions.


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