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Holiday Blues: Feeling Blessed Without The Stress
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For many of us, the holidays are an exciting time spent with friends, family (even the oddballs), and other loved ones. It is not uncommon, however, to feel related to finances, family, relationships and work during this time of year.
Many Americans report feelings of loneliness, frustration, anger, and resentment during the holidays. Perhaps it was a family member that you have grievances with or memories of a past relationship that trigger these feelings. Coping with this can be difficult, and it is important to equip yourself with tools that can help you put your best foot forward and enjoy every day. You deserve it!
Here are a few tips that can help you survive this season:
Maintain Your Routine:You may have more social obligations or shopping trips penciled in, but and adequate sleep can help keep you sane and happy. Incase you missed the worldwide memo, exercise releases important chemicals to boost mood and also fight stress. Sweating through a workout can leave you feeling energized and reduce anxiety.
Forgiveness:This is an extremely hard concept to grasp, and most people work on this in some form during their whole lives. The key to understanding forgiveness is realizing that you are the ultimate beneficiary. Many times individuals think they are being charitable to another person by forgiving them. In reality, forgiveness can release you from a constant cycle of negative thoughts and frustrations. You are the only one that can dictate your reactions and feelings towards a certain person or situation. If you find this difficult, do not get discouraged. It is important to constantly work at this. Many individuals feel that once they have forgiven they may be wronged again. In reality, forgiveness provides you with the power to become the decision maker and the knowledge to avoid vulnerability in similar situations in the future.
Budgeting:Holidays are often synonymous with increased expenditure on friends, family, and co-workers. Set aside a budget of what you can comfortably spend and try to stick to it. You can also consider some non-traditional gifts like physical activities that can be done together, cooking/baking for someone, or providing a helping hand instead of a monetary or material gift.
Manage Expectations:There is no “right” way to enjoy your holiday. Try to avoid feeling the need to live up to a specific expectation. DIY isn’t always the best or the easiest. If you are hosting a party, ask for help and focus on the big picture. While small details may seem important to you, they may lead to a migraine hours before your event. If you are attending a party and you are feeling anxious about the event, set a time limit on how long you prefer to stay. Do not feel pressure to stay the entire night, or explain why you have to leave. It is important to do what is best for you.
How do you cope with holiday stress? Tweet me @ShilpiMD or @EverydayHealth
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