Head off holiday anxiety early by coming up with a stress management technique that works for you before stress strikes. Research shows that you are likely to deal with stress in ways you already know, so make them the most effective strategies for you.
The next time you feel stressed, try a few of these strategies from the American Psychological Association. And remember, the more often you use these strategies, the more comfortable you’ll become with them.
• Get connected. Strong, healthy relationships with family and friends are important to your well-being. Think of the holidays as a time to reconnect with those around you. Don’t be afraid to accept help and support from those who can help alleviate your stress.
• Set realistic goals and plan ahead. Establish small, concrete steps to handle holiday tasks. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals that are too time-consuming for the hectic holiday season.
• Keep things in perspective. Put stressful situations into context by taking a long-term perspective. Work to avoid blowing events out of proportion.
• Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs during the holiday season. Participate in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
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