Dec 17 2019

4 Types of Holiday Stress and How to Cope

While the holidays are a time for cheery music, pretty lights and family time, it can also bring out a lot of stress. From family get-togethers, presents and every conversation in between, it may leave you wanting to pull your hair out! There are 4 areas of wellness that stress could hit this holiday season, and we want to prep you to have the best mindset leading into the New Year!

Mental/Emotional Stress: Unfortunately, for many, the holiday season can be a time of sadness if you have recently lost a loved one or are isolated and feeling lonely. In an article by The Mayo Clinic, they state that first thing to do is acknowledge these feelings. Know that it’s okay to take time to cry or express your feelings, don’t feel like you have to be joyful just because of the holidays. If you are feeling lonely and are not able to be with family, seek out community and possibly volunteer. This can be a great way to help others and meet new people.

Physical Stress: Although the holiday season may mean more meals filled with your favorite dishes, don’t throw all your healthy habits out the window! Eat more slowly, drink more water, and get up and move a little! You don’t have to go to the gym or do anything strenuous, but a nice walk with the family will get you moving and is a natural/drug free way to lift your spirits!

Social Stress: Do you feel yourself getting more and more stressed as you pull up to a family gathering, thinking about the conversations that will inevitably occur? Holiday get-togethers bring different opinions and views to the table that can cause arguments and, you got it, STRESS. In an article by the American Psychological Association it states, before you are about to be around family where these heated conversations may occur, have conversation goals. Have topics in mind that will not bring out the claws! Know that it is okay to disagree with a loved one and know when conversations need to end. Control your conversations!

Financial Stress: Spending a little extra is something that is going to happen in the holiday season, and going into it without a game plan can cause stress to your wallet and peace of mind. The American Psychological Association suggests that before you begin shopping, come up with “spending tracker”, so you can see what you spend each day and aren’t surprised by anything! Make a list of what you definitely need, and avoid temptations of unnecessary buying when you’re out and about. 

The most important tip of all is remembering what’s important during this stressful season. Give love and joy, be with family and take care of yourself! Go into the New Year with a positive outlook and peace of mind. 

Abbey Foreman

Wellness Coordinator