The holidays can be hectic for many, with all the planning and preparation, but it does not have to be. By practicing mindful coping strategies, there are healthy ways to deal with the pressure. Here are five ways to effectively manage holiday stress this year!
#1 – Prioritize Healthy Habits
Don’t let holiday stress lead you to abandon healthy habits. While increasing your social plans for the holidays, make sure that you are maintaining as much of your regular routine as you can.
- Stay consistent with medication compliance.
- Avoid excess alcohol, tobacco, or substance use.
- Practice self-care.
- Eat well-balanced and nutritious meals. Eat meals with fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and healthy fats.
- Stay consistent with an exercise routine.
#2 – Be Realistic and Learn to Say No
The holiday season tends to invite an extensive list of engagements and commitments. Don’t feel obligated to take part in every activity or outing. It is okay to allow yourself to set those boundaries and say no. You might also find it helpful to invest in a planner or calendar to keep all your holiday plans organized.
#3 – Set SMART Goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions can often be daunting, and the build-up behind them can lead to unrealistic expectations.
This New Year set SMART goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Each of these letters asks a specific question pertaining to the goal being set.
S – Specific – asks what the goal is going to achieve.M – Measurable – asks how the goal is going to be measured.
A – Attainable – asks what is realistic in terms of the goal.
R – Relevant – asks why this goal is pertinent.
T – Time Bound – asks when the goal is to be achieved by.
By setting SMART goals, you are setting realistic goals for which you can hold yourself accountable.
#4 – Take Care of Yourself
While the busy season of the holidays takes over, self-care can often be misrepresented as a lesser priority. Allow yourself to prioritize you this holiday season. Take some time to recharge. Setting aside some time for yourself could be just the thing that you need.
Here is a list of self-care ideas to try:
- Go on a walk
- Watch a comforting movie
- Journal your thoughts or feelings
- Read your favorite book
- Listen to music, podcasts, or an audiobook
- Take a nap
Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!
#5 – Reach out
Navigating through the holidays and the associated stress does not have to be something you go through alone. Whether you may need some extra emotional or physical support, call up a friend or family member who just may be able to provide that for you.
Seek professional help if you feel that you need it by talking to your doctor or another mental health professional.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or use the Crisis Text Line by texting MHA to 741-741.
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