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Managing Holiday Stress

While the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many people, it can be a source of considerable stress for some. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be full of pressure, and it can at times be a bit overwhelming. This is an unfortunate experience for those who seek to unwind and relax during this time of year. However, just because the holidays can sometimes be stressful, does not mean it has to be. Here are some tips to manage holiday stress and focus instead on what truly matters.

Plan Your Schedule

Throughout various points in the year, many people may feel that they are overworked or burnt out. Particularly as polls are showing that many people feel lonelier and that they have weaker social connections following the pandemic, it can be more important than it has been in a while for you to better manage your holiday stress by carving out some time for yourself to be around your loved ones or to take a break.

Watch Your Alcohol and Drug Use

Consuming alcohol or drugs can increase your levels of stress. With alcohol, for instance, even moderate levels of drinking can cause neurological and hormonal alterations that result in higher levels of stress even when you are not drinking. Alcohol can also cause adverse health effects if you drink and are taking certain medications such as antidepressants. Some amount of imbibing can be expected during the holiday season, but it is important to not drink to excess.

Talk to a Professional

At times, some people may feel that the stress in their lives is overwhelming. This can happen at any point throughout the year, not just during the holidays. Mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy can make it easier for you to relax when you begin to feel stressed. The stress and loneliness as well as the pressure of the holiday season that some people may experience can cause them to feel that they have to deal with their mental health struggles alone. While this may work for a few people, many others need support to cope with their stress. Speaking to a mental health professional can alleviate some of the stress you feel during the holiday season.

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