The holiday season is here, and with it comes the added pressure of shopping for the perfect gift, hosting a flawless dinner or scheduling the right amount of time to spend with family members. These stressors can create feelings of sadness, loneliness, tension or fatigue. If you feel guilty about stressing over what is supposed to be the most joyous season, know that you are not alone.
There are so many things about the holidays that are out of our control -- seasonal factors such as less sunlight, changes in your diet or routine, financial stress, over-commercialization or the inability to be with friends or family. These are all factors that can seriously affect your mood.
The difference between the holiday blues and clinical anxiety is that the feelings are temporary, and fortunately, there are ways to cope and reduce stress or tension.
Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
Set realistic goals for yourself.
Pace yourself, do not take on more than you can handle.
Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
Stick to a budget.
If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship.
Volunteer your time to help others. It’s a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
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