'Tis the season for family gatherings, holiday festivities, gifts... and unavoidably lots of stress. Even when everything is going well, the holiday season can cause feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. A person can love the holiday season but, at the same time, feel overwhelmed and tired. It's important to recognize those feelings and take the time to manage stress in a healthy way. Here are some tips to do that more successfully this holiday season:
- Set Realistic Expectations:
Did you know that the pressure to create the perfect holiday experience can contribute to stress and anxiety? According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, more than 60% of individuals feel stressed during the holiday season due to the pressure of expectations. Realizing that not everything will be perfect will let you breathe easier, and you'll be more able to recognize and enjoy the good moments in the midst of the chaos.
- Set Boundaries:
Socializing during the holidays is important, but did you know that excessive social obligations can lead to burnout? According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, setting boundaries and prioritizing events can significantly reduce stress levels. It's okay to stay for a short time or turn down a few invites, especially if you know they might lead to additional stress.
- Don’t Overspend:
Financial stress is a common concern during the holiday season. According to a survey conducted in June 2023, 82% of Americans recognize that money negatively impacts their mental health. Overspending can exacerbate this issue. It's essential to be mindful of your budget and focus on meaningful experiences. Volunteering your time for those less fortunate is not only a great way to give back but also promotes a deeper appreciation for the season.
- Take Care of Yourself:
Ignoring your physical and mental well-being can have long-term consequences. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic stress can contribute to health problems such as heart disease, digestive issues, and sleep disturbances. This holiday season, listen to your body's cues. Take a nap if you're tired, go for a walk if you're feeling anxious. Recognizing and addressing these feelings in a healthy, proactive way will help you enjoy the winter festivities without compromising your well-being.
This holiday season, prioritize your mental health by setting realistic expectations, establishing boundaries, managing your finances wisely, and taking time for self-care. These few simple yet effective strategies will empower you to navigate the season with a sense of calm, allowing you to fully savor the joyous moments and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Wishing you a happy and stress-free holiday season from all of us here at LaserTouchOne!