The holiday season is upon us. Many of us feel the stress involved in planning celebrations, getting together with family and friends, and buying that special gift. If the holidays tend to be a time of stress for you, here are a few ways to reduce your level of stress, and still have a “Happy Holiday” to remember:
- Have Realistic Expectations: Even though time with family may be something you’re looking forward to, every family has its challenges. Remember that a holiday gathering may not be the time to sort out concerns, such as blended family conflicts or political differences. There is no such thing as a “perfect” family, so don’t expect that everything will sort itself out just because it’s the Holidays. Try to table any tense discussions for another time.
- Have A Plan: Make a list of your priorities for the season and try not to deviate from this plan. Too often, we become stressed because we don’t make time for the things that matter most and become caught up in trying to make it “all” happen.
- Keep Your Finances On-Track: The joy of giving isn’t about the amount of money we spend, but the sentiment and intention behind the gift. Consider giving your loved ones…and your wallet…the gift of time and togetherness. It doesn’t cost much to make a thermos of hot chocolate and take a walk to look at holiday lights around the neighborhood, instead of shopping frantically for that hard-to-find gift that strains your budget.
- Remember Self-Care: You matter. It’s tempting to let the business of the holidays take the place of a focus on intentional self-care. Take a mindful walk, a long shower, or listen to music. And don’t forget how important it is to get a good night’s sleep!
If the holiday season becomes too overwhelming, Work-Life Connections is here for you.
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If you, or someone you know, is having overwhelming thoughts of sadness or anxiety, or is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 9-8-8 or the TN Mobile Crisis Center at 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471).