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Managing Stress During the Holidays

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Though the holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and loved ones, it can also be a very stressful time of year. During the holidays, try not to let the stresses of the season get the best of you, as it can negatively affect your health and well-being. Below are some tips to help you prevent and manage stress during the holidays.

Be realistic

Many people tend to get caught up in buying the perfect gift, making the perfect meal, having the perfect decorations, and so on. Remind yourself that the holidays don’t have to be absolutely perfect. In addition, as the years pass by and families grow and change, try to be flexible about changing traditions and rituals.

Stick to a budget

The financial burden of the holidays can often be overwhelming and very stressful. Before the holiday season is in full swing, set aside some time to go over your finances and create a budget for gifts, food, and travel expenses. Stick to that budget.

Manage your time and plan ahead

If you can, try to set aside specific days or times to go shopping, bake, visit friends, and participate in holiday festivities. This will help you to prevent chaotic, last-minute scrambling. Prioritize your time and ask for help when you need it. Know when to say “no” to certain activities and events. Delegate tasks like decorating, wrapping gifts and preparing the holiday meal to others who have more time.

Keep up healthy habits

The holidays are not an excuse to abandon all of your healthy habits. In fact, it’s even more important to take better care of yourself during this stressful time. Be sure you are still incorporating healthy fruits and veggies into your diet, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep.

Take some time for yourself

Through the chaotic holiday season, set aside some time for yourself. Even 15 minutes of uninterrupted alone time can make a world of difference. Try reading a book, doing some yoga, getting a massage, meditating, listening to music, or going for a long walk.

If you need help with coping and managing stress, call the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers today at (888) 686-0773 to schedule your next appointment.