The holidays are a festive time of year, and they can also be stressful! Learn how stress affects you and how to manage holiday stress in healthy ways this season.
Learning how stress affects you is an important part of stress management. A typical stress reaction may include:
Stress reactions to watch out for my include:
If you or a loved one express these stress warning signs, reach out for support! Your IHG care team is here to help. Reach out via your patient portal or phone for care options that may be of benefit. For more immediate crisis support, including confidential care, use the following resources:
Consider using a planner, calendar, or other organizational tool to help you keep track
of what you have on your plate. Having all your commitments laid out in front of you can help reduce stress.
When we give too much of ourselves to others, we can become stressed and resentful. To protect your mental health, figure out what commitments, gatherings or events feel good for you, and brainstorm ways that you can protect your mental energy when you’re doing them.
When you have a lot on your plate, it's easy to neglect taking care of yourself. Make it a priority to:
Just because others are doing certain holiday traditions, doesn’t mean you should. There is no ‘should!’ Focus on what feels good. It’s okay to skip things that don’t bring your family joy, or even take a year off from a tradition. Remind yourself of that the holiday season means to you, and prioritize what matters most!
Things like meditation, grounding exercises and deep breathing can be helpful
when you’re overwhelmed.
Isolation and loneliness feeds anxiety, especially during the holidays. Find ways to reach out to family, friends, colleagues, faith-based communities, and social organizations. For many reasons, we may not all be able to gather physically together with the people we love this holiday season, but that doesn't mean we can't continue to be in each others lives. Pick up your phone and call or Facetime a support buddy!
Have fun! Find time to do the things that make you feel good this holiday season, whether they are holiday-related or not. Get outside and enjoy the change of the seasons or partake in a cozy indoor hobby.
Try not to compare yourself to what you see online. People tend to post their best lives
on social media and you rarely see the stress and anxiety behind that perfect picture. Everyone struggles sometimes even though we may not talk about it on social media.
If you live with a mental health condition, the stress of the holiday season can be tough to handle. Stay connected to your mental health provider and stay honest about how you’re doing. Your IHG care team is hear for you with judgement free support. Reach out when you need help or have a concern about your health or wellbeing.
Chances are, you’re not the only one feeling the pressure of the holidays. Relating
to peers can help you feel connected this holiday season. And you never know how much of a positive impact checking in on friend or loved one may have on their own health and wellbeing!
Stress management tips courtesy of Office of Mental Health NY
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