Why can the holidays be so stressful?
-- Social pressures
-- Feeling overwhelmed
-- Financial strain
-- Difficult family members
Does this sound familiar to you?
For many, the holidays are a time to share in the joy of family traditions and create new special memories. But for some, these expectations can make holidays stressful, especially for those that feel disconnected from family or friends, those that feel alone, or those that may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. Regardless of your situation, some degree of stress and tension around the holiday should be expected.
- Acknowledge your feelings; don’t try to keep going like everything is fine.
- Make time for yourself- even if it’s just 15 minutes per day.
- Volunteer- it’s a good way to lift your spirits and help others.
- Establish realistic expectations and simplify your preparations.
- Listen to holiday music (or something else if it drives you crazy).
- Exercise - stroll through the (Christmas) trees
Ask for help if you need it.
The Employee Assistance Program offers free confidential counseling services, financial coaching, assistance locating resources, and more.