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The holiday season is upon us. Soon, loved ones, family members, friends and even co-workers will be gathering together to share in holiday cheer. But, does the thought of the holiday season bring up feelings of worry rather than joy? If so, you’re not alone. Try some of these methods to stay calm during the holiday season.
As holiday invites begin to trickle in, put them on your calendar. Visually seeing what’s coming up can help you organize your weeks and prevent you from spreading yourself too thin. Make lists and create a plan. When everything is put down on paper, the list in your head seems more manageable. Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done, either. Give yourself peace of mind by knowing that all of your boxes are checked off.
Large gatherings of loved ones are common during the holidays. Typically, these are harmonious occasions, but there’s always that one family member. Drawing healthy boundaries is essential for staying sane during the holidays. First, communicate clearly when space is needed. Then, if something becomes too overwhelming, take a deep breath and step away from the conversation. Sometimes, a few minutes is all that’s needed to calm down.
Something is bound to go awry this holiday season. No matter how much you plan or prepare, accidents happen. No event will run exactly how you pictured it, so be realistic and allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy the holidays. For example, laugh it off and ask yourself what really matters; it’s not the perfectly made dinner or the spotless house, but rather time with the ones you love.
The holidays emphasize giving to others, but don’t forget to prioritize yourself, too. This season can be both emotionally and physically tiring, so take time to rest and relax. You don’t have to say “yes” to every party invite or fundraiser donation. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get a proper amount of sleep – it is flu season, after all. Be sure to pencil in time for yourself this holiday season.
The holidays can be a stressful time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, reach out to your Mercy EAP provider at (319) 398-6694 to schedule an appointment.