Seasonal stress and what to do about it...

"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." but holidays can also be a major source of stress. Whether it's decorating the house, stuffing the holiday turkey, shopping for presents or hosting family and friends, these otherwise joyful activities place undue demands on us which in turn result in stress.




But don't despair...with a little foresight, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays.  Mayo Clinic's tips on preventing holiday stress include:

  • be aware of common holiday stress triggers so you can disarm them before they spoil the holidays
  • when stressed, validate your feelings and reach out; it's ok to ask for help!
  • be realistic -- holidays don't have to be perfect
  • plan ahead, learn to say no and stick to a budget
  • don't abandon healthy habits and make some time for yourself

Simplify your Christmas  100 ways to reduce the stress and recapture the joy of the holidays     Stress6             Stress3

While on the topic of holidays, check out our earlier blog on safety tips for the holidays.


       When holidays are hell  a guide to surviving family gatherings             Stress4           Stress2          

For more information on coping with seasonal stress, here are some books you can check out from TPL. Just click on the book covers to place a hold.

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