Don't Let The Holidays Stress You Out

The holiday season is full of delicious food, old traditions, family memories and joy. It is also filled with stress, anxiety and sometimes depression. According to the American Psychological Association, 69 percent of survey respondents feel stressed during the holiday season.

We don’t want your sugar plums to be sugar prunes, so read our tips below for ways to reduce holiday stress and let all be merry!

Wake Up and Smell the Turkey

No holiday is absolutely “perfect”. Before the holidays begin, make sure to set up realistic expectations so you won’t be disappointed if the potatoes are lumpy, the tree is crooked and Rudolph pees on the snowman. Focus on making lasting memories with loved ones and next year everyone will laugh about the time the cat ate the lumpy mashed potatoes.

The Gift of Relaxation

Although there's pressure to do everything for the holidays, self-care is the best thing you can do—for yourself and your family. In fact, take some time to practice meditation, yoga or deep breathing techniques to help your mind and body melt away the stress (and hopefully not your ice sculpture). Rather than feeling mentally burdened, spend your energy on enjoying the people and activities you really care about.

Step Away From the Decorations

Develop a plan or schedule to help tackle the holiday activities. If needed, delegate certain duties to other members of the family, so you don’t overcommit and miss out on the holiday fun. Tis’ the season to be less stressed!

Fitness All Year Long

Even though we’re all guilty of grabbing that second biscuit, maintaining a healthier diet over the holidays is a sure way to reduce stress. You’ll have more energy and feel better so you can participate in all the holiday festivities. Also, physical activity releases chemicals in our body called endorphins that promote feelings of happiness and positivity.

Harbin Clinic wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season. If you continue to feel blue after the snow melts away, talk to your doctor about your concerns. A Harbin Clinic primary care physician can help, call 888.427.2461 for more information or to set up an appointment.