Social Worker's Corner
December - Holiday Stress Management
Handling Holiday Stress
Too often we take holiday stress for granted. While holidays seem fun and exciting, planning for the holidays can sometimes leave us impatient, cranky, and depressed for a variety of reasons. Some ways to manage stress this holiday season are:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
These are unhealthy ways of dealing with stress and lack of sleep.
- Consider what is within your control and work on those things
Not all things that cause stress are within your control. Spend your energy on those things you do have control over.
- Participate in physical activity
Just keep moving. Find indoor activities to do like walking the mall.
- Get more sleep
Poor sleep increases our stress level because it makes handling situations difficult. It is best to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Try relaxation techniques
Some examples are centering, meditation and yoga.
- Talk to someone
Sharing your feelings can help reduce stress.
- Take control
Learn how to find solutions to your problems. Finding solutions makes you feel more in control and will lessen your feelings of stress.
- Manage your time
Accept that you cannot do everything at once and make a list to prioritize what should be done first.
- Learn to say ‘NO’
A common cause of stress is having too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Learning to say ‘no’ to additional or unimportant requests will help to reduce your level of stress during busy times.
- Rest if you are sick
You cannot be productive if you do not take care of you first.