A dozen stress busters for the holidays and beyond

Share with others:

Print Email Read Later

• Be good to yourself. Things are so hectic that you should try to find some time for relaxation and unwinding.

• Don't abandon healthy habits. Keep your exercise regimen during the holidays. Remember that we eat and drink more during this season and alcohol can worsen depression.

• Talk to your family about gift-giving. Maybe just give to the kids. Does an adult really need another pair of gloves? Families should consider a "family gift," such as tickets to a show.

• Be realistic. When we have unrealistic expectations for the holidays, and those hopes are dashed, it can lead to feelings of stress.

• Stick to a budget. A good holiday season does not mean spending more. It may mean saying "no" to overextending yourself in terms of money and commitment.

• Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.

• Consider options to traditional gift-giving. One idea might be giving to a charity in a friend's name

• If you are really depressed, contact your health care provider. If you are not seeing someone, this might be a good time to get started.

• Keep in mind you are not perfect. There is no rule that you have to send a holiday card to everyone. Note that a "good enough" gift will do instead of "the perfect" one.

• Take time for yourself. Maintain your exercise schedule, even if it means not being an hour early to a family gathering. Maintain a good sleep schedule, but do not be too strict.

• Remember the true meaning of the holidays.

• Savor your hometown blessings. Enjoy the Nativity scenes, light displays and other celebrations here in the 'Burg and suburbs.

--From Tony Mannarino, Jessie Goicoechea, Elizabeth Mazur and Charles Reynolds


Create a free PG account.
Already have an account?

You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here