Wellness During the Holiday Season
For most of us, the holiday season can be a fun and exciting time. But it can also be stressful, and overwhelming — especially when we're trying to do a lot in a short period of time. Many of us feel stress in December because we're unrealistic about how much we can accomplish in a limited amount of time.
Whether we are visiting loved ones, shopping, attending holiday work functions, or running simple errands, there is a lot to do. If the holiday season is making you feel anxious, or exhausted, here are some hints to help manage overload:
The holiday season may force us to be with people we don't get along with, or who manage to irritate and upset us. If you find yourself in such a situation, try to avoid discussing subjects that are likely to cause conflict. Relatives who have always gotten on your nerves or made you feel bad probably won't change, so ignore their behaviour and concentrate on enjoying yourself.
Children can also act out during the holiday season. The decorations, activities, sugary treats and disruption to their normal schedules can affect them in different ways. Watch for signs that they're becoming overwhelmed and understand that any bad behaviour might be their way of expressing their stress. It helps to talk to children about what they can expect as the holidays get underway. Ask them if all the activity is making them feel anxious or sad.
You can help children maintain a sense of normalcy by including quiet family time in your plans, such as reading books together or taking leisurely walks as a family. This provides a "time out" from the excitement of the season.
The barrage of holiday music, images, television programs and traditions are sometimes impossible to escape, and it's easy for some of us to feel alienated. The hectic time of year may leave you feeling isolated, uninspired, or in need of support. If you're in such a situation, try the following:
During the holiday season, it's important to maintain your sense of humour. Despite things going wrong and your patience being tested constantly, remember that it's the most wonderful time of year — so kick back and enjoy the festivities.
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